Road safety

Cover of Vehicles as Workplace
Vehicles as Workplace
  • Publication no: AP-R561-18
  • ISBN: 978-1-925671-31-5
  • Published: 15 March 2018

Work health and safety legislation in Australia and New Zealand defines vehicles as a workplace. Vehicle use in road traffic is by far the most significant contributor to work-related traumatic injury.

This report discusses the context within which work health and safety and road traffic safety currently intersect, and the process followed during the preparation of a work health and safety guide. The report includes an engagement strategy to support ongoing work in the area and is itself supported by a communications plan and evaluation plan.

The draft work health and safety guide provided in this report closes a gap in the provision of work health and safety guidance on managing vehicle use in road traffic. It provides pointers on how to address road traffic as a hazard, and on the hazards that are likely to be encountered in the use of vehicles in road traffic.

  • Summary
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Approach
    • 2.1. Context
    • 2.2. Process
      • 2.2.1. Preliminary workshop
      • 2.2.2. Stakeholder workshop
    • 2.3. Survey
      • 2.3.1. Results
      • 2.3.2. Conclusions
  • 3. Deliverables
    • 3.1. WHS Guide
      • 3.1.1. Consultation
      • 3.1.2. Content
    • 3.2. Engagement Strategy
    • 3.3. Communications plan
    • 3.4. Evaluation plan
      • 3.4.1. Process evaluation
      • 3.4.2. Impact/outcome evaluation
  • 4. Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References
  • Appendix A Stakeholder Workshop Record
  • A.1 Vehicles as Workplace, Stakeholder Workshop, 25 July 2017
  • A.1.1 Summary of Discussion
  • A.1.2 Structure, scope and alignment of draft Guide
  • A.1.3 Treatment of risk management and RTS issues
  • A.1.4 Worked examples
  • A.1.5 Engagement, work program, evaluation and communications
  • A.1.6 Questionnaire
  • A.2 Vehicles as Workplace, Stakeholder Workshop
  • Agenda
  • A.2.1 Workshop Attendees
  • Appendix B Survey Questionnaire
  • Appendix C Work Health and Safety Guide: Managing Vehicle Use in Road Traffic [Draft]
  • C.1 Introduction
  • C.1.1 Who has a duty?
  • C.1.2 What vehicles does my organisation have WHS responsibility for?
  • C.2 Purpose and scope
  • C.2.1 Purpose of this Guide
  • C.2.2 Relationship between road traffic safety and work health and safety
  • C.2.3 WHS law
  • C.2.4 Road traffic law
  • C.2.5 Vehicle as a workplace
  • C.3 Principles
  • C.3.1 Compliance with road traffic law
  • C.3.2 Managing road traffic risks
  • C.3.3 Hierarchy of control applied to road traffic
  • C.3.4 Establishing a robust system supported by a culture of safety
  • C.4 Process
  • C.4.1 Step 1: List the extent and type of exposure
  • C.4.2 Step 2: Identify opportunities to eliminate or substitute safer travel
  • C.4.3 Step 3: Determine remaining exposure to road traffic hazards
  • C.4.4 Step 4: Identify the particular hazards associated with each vehicle group
  • C.4.5 Step 5: Develop controls
  • C.4.6 Step 6: Document and implement policies and procedures
  • C.4.7 Step 7: Conduct periodic reviews
  • C.4.8 Guidance for small business
  • C.5 Road traffic safety hazards
  • C.5.1 Inadequate journey planning
  • C.5.2 Roads providing inadequate protection
  • C.5.3 Vehicles providing inadequate protection
  • C.5.4 Speed in excess of safe exposure thresholds
  • C.5.5 Unauthorised drivers
  • C.5.6 Unsafe drivers
  • C.5.7 Non-use or misuse of personal protective equipment
  • C.5.8 Inadequate post-crash responses
  • C.6 Glossary
  • C.7 Resources
  • C.8 Attachments
  • C.8.1 Case Study: Applying the hierarchy of control to a common road traffic hazard
  • C.8.2 Case Study: Big Firm Electronics
  • C.8.3 Case Study: Small Pizza Company
  • Appendix D Engagement Strategy
  • D.1 Purpose
  • D.2 Goal
  • D.3 Environment
  • D.3.1 Estimation of work-related road trauma
  • D.3.2 Responsibilities for preventing work-related road trauma
  • D.3.3 Strategies to prevent work-related road trauma
  • D.4 Elements
  • D.4.1 Better information on work-related road traffic injury
  • D.4.2 Shared results for preventing work-related road traffic injury
  • D.4.3 Coordinated national work programs
  • D.4.4 Leadership by example
  • D.5 Support
  • D.6 Communications Plan
  • D.6.1 Responsibilities
  • D.6.2 Audience
  • D.6.3 Objective
  • D.6.4 Key messages
  • D.6.5 Activity
  • D.6.6 Timing
  • D.7 Evaluation Plan
  • D.7.1 Process evaluation
  • D.7.2 Impact/outcome evaluation
  • D.7.3 Information and data