Transport safety in the workplace

Safety when vehicles are used in the workplace

Guide

Any type of transport vehicle can cause potential risks in the workplace. Most businesses make and receive deliveries using vehicles ranging from heavy goods vehicles to small vans or even bicycles.

Inside your premises you might move stock around using hand trucks or forklifts. Even when no transport vehicles are used, lifting and moving by hand has risks.

Workplace transport isn't only a risk in warehouses and factories. For example, retailers frequently move items, whether receiving deliveries or restocking their shelves. Even in an office you're likely to occasionally move supplies or equipment.

As an employer, you should remember that under health and safety law you are responsible for the health and safety of everyone affected by your business. This includes everyone from employees to visitors or members of the public.