Health and Safety in Transport

The Health and Safety at Work Act is the primary piece of legislation covering work-related health and safety in the UK. It sets out employers’ responsibilities for health and safety at work. All of us have stumbled across their health and safety policies and rolled their eyes with disbelief at some time during their career but underneath all the political correctness and bureaucracy lays a set of rules that are reasonable for keeping you safe.

Many companies set out obligations and a mandatory code of conduct in a handbook, pamphlet or video. It may be dry in tone, but it should be a must-read as it sets out expectations about conduct and discipline policies so you will not be caught out with a gross misconduct procedure or banned / refused entry from a delivery site in the future.

Your employer has a 'duty of care' to look after your health, safety and welfare while you’re at work. They should start with a risk assessment to spot possible health and safety hazards. Companies then must appoint a 'competent person' with health and safety responsibilities. The Health and Safety Executive is responsible for enforcing the health and safety rules at work. For businesses employing five or more people, there must also be an official record of what the assessment finds and a formal health and safety policy, including arrangements to protect your health and safety. Health and safety are not all one-way traffic though, and you have legal obligations to:

  • Take care of your own health and safety and that of people who may be affected by what you do (or did not do).
  • Co-operate with others on health and safety, and not interfere with, or misuse, anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.

The course is aimed at LGV drivers and PCV drivers may not fully benefit from this course contents. A high proportion of drivers’ accidents at work are related to falls from vehicles and other vehicle-related incidents and this course will focus on different situations and disciplines within the logistics industry.

The emphasis of this course is to bring awareness for the need of health and safety strategies in transport, some of you maybe familiar with the old terminology for this discipline, called “common sense” and feel that this module will not be beneficial but deaths and injuries, some of them life changing occurs daily within this industry and what you learn from this course could literally save your life.

The course is designed to enhance and even challenge your current understanding of Health and Safety in transport and underpins the reasons behind some legislation in an educational and interesting way with either, presentation, active workshops, case studies with discussions or a quiz/ puzzle.

  • General Health & Safety: Health and Safety in the workplace is of critical importance. Drivers need to understand the regulations that govern the various activities in the workplace that affect themselves and others.
  • Assessing the Risk: Risk assessment is something that people do every day. From crossing the road to driving, learning to be more aware of the process involved can lead to better judgement and a safer environment.
  • Safe Working on Vehicles: A high proportion of drivers’ accidents at work relate to falls from vehicles and other vehicle-related incidents. In this session drivers will learn about safe working practices on and around their vehicle.
  • Loading Bays and Ramps: These are non-complex pieces of equipment, but a large percentage of accidents happen around the use and operation of loading bays and ramps.
  • Safety in Coupling and Uncoupling: Coupling and uncoupling is a central part of many drivers’ work. It is essential that safe procedures are followed in order to prevent accidents.

Group Bookings:

This course is normally combined with the Emergency Actions module to complete the full 7 hours CPC qualifying training day prerequisite. It is possible to tailor this course to fit your training requirements with various changes within the subject area e.g. (noise pollution, slow moving vehicle, reversing). The health and safety module are specific for mobile workers, but alterations and specific training is available for other industrial or office sectors upon request.

Alternatively; selecting a different CPC modular combination to focus on key arears that are more specific to your company safety regulations and specific needs are available on request. Please contact the admin office to discuss your requirements with group discounts.

Please Note:

For those requiring a JAUPT CPC certificate and credits, please ensure you had passed your ordinary driving test after 1st January 1997 and you took your LGV driving test after 9th September 2008, you may need to take the Initial Driver CPC training course instead. Please contact us for advice as to the most appropriate training to obtain a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).