Driving for Work

Workplace traffic can include cars, many types of vehicles used within the workplace and pedestrians.

The risks associated with workplace traffic need to be carefully managed to ensure employees or other persons are not harmed.

The following sections will take you through a number of areas which will aid in the prevention and control of risks posed by workplace traffic.


Workplace traffic is regulated by a number of acts and regulations, the most significant of those being:

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Part 2, Chapter 1, Section 14: Movement of pedestrians and vehicles in danger areas

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006, Part 4, Section 33: Traffic routes and danger areas

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006, Part 11: Transport, Earthmoving and Materials-Handling Machinery and Locomotives

Employer responsibilities

As employers you are required to: Carry out a risk assessment to identify the hazards and risks of driving for work, workplace transport, vehicle and pedestrian safety

Ensure that the control measures identified by the risk assessment are put in place

Ensure that the vehicles provided for work are appropriate for the work activity

Ensure that vehicles, routes around the workplace, access and egress routes are kept in a safe manner

Train and inform employees with regard to the hazards they may encounter while completing their work

Employee Duties

Employees also have duties, you need to: Co-operate with your employers health and safety rules and procedures

Ensure you are not under the influence of any intoxicant which may cause danger to yourself or others

Use the control measures your employer has put in place to eliminate or reduce your risk of harm

Report any defects in your vehicle, equipment or access points

Report any accidents or incidents to your employer immediately

Do not engage in any unsafe behaviour that may put yourself or others at risk!

Page updated: 12/05/2015

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