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HSE publishes up to date guidance on safe operation of vehicles in the workplace

HSE InfoLine : 14 December, 2005  (Company News)
Workplace Transport Safety: An Employers' Guide (HSG136) was launched by HSE at the Health and Safety Partnership Conference held today at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.
Workplace Transport Safety: An Employers' Guide (HSG136) was launched by HSE at the Health and Safety Partnership Conference held today at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.

The comprehensive guidance provides advice on all aspects of workplace transport operations. Although primarily aimed at managers and supervisors, it is equally useful for safety and union representatives, contractors, the self-employed and employees.

Announcing its publication Carol Grainger, head of HSE's Workplace Transport Team, said: ' Workplace transport is the second biggest cause of incidents in the workplace, accounting for about 70 fatalities each year. The majority of these accidents are preventable. Reducing these casualties is an important priority in the HSE's work programme.

'The guide gives detailed advice on the key risks surrounding transport use in today's workplaces, and how to get to grips with controlling them. There's also a free booklet which provides an extensive overview of the subject, enabling those responsible for workplace transport to identify any areas of their operations where further help might be required'.

The guide tackles general workplace transport safety issues and provides an introduction to workplace transport risk management. In particular, it offers information on assessing transport risks relating to site safety, vehicles themselves, and the people working with and around them and implementing a safe system of work. Later chapters offer specific guidance on typical workplace transport operations and common risks. Throughout, the book provides practical examples of risk control.

HSE has also published a revised version of Workplace Transport: An Overview. This is a free booklet that provides employers with a brief summary of the main issues that should be considered when planning workplace transport operations. Arranged similarly to An Employers' Guide, the 27-page booklet also includes specific sections about workplace organisation and operations. The booklet can be downloaded from the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/tranindx.htm
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