Workplace Vehicle Safety Check List
If there are work vehicles involved, especially if they are used to transport workers, the following should be adhered to.
- All drivers should have the necessary driver's license and proper insurance.
- The number of workers in a vehicle should not exceed the number of passengers the vehicle is designed to transport.
- All drivers/passengers should wear seat belts.
- All drivers should obey all posted speed limits and other road regulations.
- All drivers who start feeling tired should ask for a replacement.
- All drivers should be 100% free of alcohol, drugs or medication that may affect driving ability. If medication is being taken by a driver a physician's advise should be sought as to the safety of affects of operating a vehicle.
- Vehicles should be well maintained, with all recommended service schedules adhered to.
- Vehicles should not be used for tasks other than what the vehicle is intended for.
- Non-workers should not be transported in work-intended vehicles.
- Tire pressure should be checked regularly to assure proper traction.
- If any mechanical problems arise they should be reported to the supervisor immediately.
- Unsafe vehicles should not be used.
- Vehicles should not be used to perform functions that they were not designed to perform, e.g. carrying heavy loads with a vehicle that is not designed with that purpose.
- During unsafe weather conditions driving should be avoided. If it is a must precautions must be taken, e.g. tire chains.
- Drivers should not be using a mobile phone to make calls or to text. Even if it's hands free it is still hazardous as the driver is mentally distracted.
- Both hand should be on the wheel at all times, unless using other driving controls, in which case at least one hand is on the wheel.
- Drivers should not be eating, reading, shaving, applying make, adjusting the radio, etc. while driving.