Transport Audit Checklist

Use this Transport Audit Checklist to ensure the safety and compliance of workplace transportation operations with comprehensive inspections.

Transport Audit Checklist



Workplace

1. Are workplace transport risks assessed?


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2. Is the assessment documented?


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3. Are there documented site rules?


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4. Are the rules brought to the attention of all relevant people–employees, drivers, pedestrians, visitors, contractors, customers, etc?


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5. Is there a documented traffic plan, including a site map?


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6. Is there a reporting system for workplace transport accidents, incidents, and near misses?


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7. Are unsafe behaviors challenged and investigated and is appropriate action taken?


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8. Do managers and supervisors lead by following rules etc.?


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9. Where applicable, is there adequate cooperation with other employers and landlords to ensure workplace transport safety?


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10. Are employees and other relevant people provided with instruction, information, and training concerning workplace transport hazards?


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11. Is there adequate supervision to ensure that workplace transport safety standards are maintained?


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12. Is access to the workplace visible and safe?


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13. Do visitors know where to go on entering the site?


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14. Are vehicle traffic routes marked and signs posted where necessary, indicating the right of way at road junctions, speed limits, etc?


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15. Are there suitable parking areas for all parking needs?


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16. Are vehicles and pedestrians kept safely apart?


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17. Are there suitable pedestrian traffic routes both internally and externally?


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18. Are there suitable vehicle traffic routes?


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19. Are all traffic routes(pedestrian & vehicle)wide enough?


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20. Are all traffic routes(pedestrian & vehicle)well constructed and maintained?


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21. Are all traffic routes free from obstructions and other hazards?


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22. If present, are unavoidable permanent obstructions on traffic routes, clearly highlighted and visible?


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23. Is there scope for introducing a one-way system on vehicle traffic routes to reduce the risk of collision?


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24. Do drivers have to reverse large vehicles in small spaces?


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25. If reversing is carried out on-site, is there scope to eliminate reversing?


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26. If reversing cannot be eliminated, are reversing areas clearly marked and identified?


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27. Is there a need for features such as: • Barriers to keeping vehicles and pedestrians apart? • Fixed mirrors to provide greater vision for example, at bends? • Traffic calming measures such as road humps to reduce vehicle speeds?


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28. Are the following clearly visible, clean, and well maintained: • Traffic routes? • Signage? • Road markings? • Lighting? • Mirrors?


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29. Is there adequate warning, such as signage, at the interface of the workplace with public areas?


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30. Are lighting arrangements adequate: • Internally? • Externally? • On vehicles?


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31. Is lighting appropriately placed so that it does not: • Dazzle drivers? • Create shadows?


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32. Is loading and unloading carried out away from: • Passing vehicles? • Pedestrians? • Overhead electrical power lines? • Overhead structures?


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33. Is the surface of the loading and unloading area: • Clearly marked? • Flat? • Firm? • In good condition?


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34. Where loading bays are longer than the width of five vehicles, are appropriate numbers of exits or safe refuge points in place?


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35. Is there a designated safe area for drivers during loading and unloading procedures?


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36. Are refuse skips located away from electrical power lines?


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Vehicles

1. Are the vehicles and attachments: • Suitable for the task they are carrying out? • Compatible with one other?


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2. Are vehicles purchased or leased with all the recommended safety features?


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3. Do vehicles have good direct visibility?


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4. Are extra visibility aids required?


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5. Are vehicles provided(as necessary) with: • Horns? • Lights? • Reflectors? • Reversing lights? • Alarms? • Flashing beacons?


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6. Are drivers protected(as necessary) against: • Impact? • Rollover? • Falling objects? • Hazardous environments such as cold, fumes, dust, excessive noise or vibration?


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7. Are there guards on dangerous parts of the vehicles(for example, power take-offs, chain drives, exposed exhaust pipes)?


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8. Is there a safe means of access to and exit from the cabs or other parts of the vehicle that need to be reached?


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9. Are vehicle surfaces where people may walk, for example, the fifth wheel area, slip-resistant?


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10. Do drivers carry out basic safety checks before using the vehicle?


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11. Is there a regular preventative maintenance program in place for each vehicle?


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12. Is there a vehicle defect report system in place?


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13. Are statutory thorough examinations carried out as required, such as the yearly examination requirement for tailboard goods lift and forklift trucks?


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14. Are maintenance records and thorough examination reports kept and available for inspection?


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15. Is the manufacturer’s instruction book available for all vehicles?


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The Driver

1. Are all drivers trained and qualified to drive the vehicles they operate?


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2. Are driver's qualifications checked?


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3. Are drivers assessed to ensure their competency?


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4. Is on-the-job training provided including information about the task, specific hazards, and site rules?


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5. Is refresher training provided(especially if there is a lapse in safe vehicle driving standards)?


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6. Is there a driver authorization system in place?


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7. Is there a vehicle key control system in place?


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8. Is there a driver’s handbook(or other suitable equivalent)outlining the relevant policies and procedures?


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9. Do drivers: • Drive with care? • Use the correct routes. • Drive within the speed limits? • Follow site rules?


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10. Is information about the workplace provided to visiting drivers?


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11. Is this information provided in advance of the driver’s arrival at the workplace?


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12. Do employees and other personnel working in areas where there is vehicular traffic, wear high-visibility clothing?


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13. Do drivers wear seat belts, where provided?


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14. Do drivers wear appropriate slip-resistant footwear?


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Safe System Of Work

1. Are there documented safe systems of work in place, for example for • Loading and unloading? • Coupling and uncoupling? • Maintenance? • Working at height on vehicles? • Securing loads?


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2. Are vehicles braked, chocked, and/or stabilized as appropriate, to prevent unwanted or unsafe vehicle movement during loading and unloading?


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3. Are systems in place to prevent premature vehicle departure/unscheduled departure?


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4. Are systems in place to prevent trailers from tipping?


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5. Is loading and unloading carried out so far as possible, so that the load is spread evenly to avoid the vehicle or trailer becoming unstable?


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6. Are checks in place to ensure that the vehicle: • Is not overloaded? • Loads are adequately secured and stable and cannot move if the vehicle brakes or negotiates steep inclines.


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7. Are there systems in place to deal with vehicles that arrive on-site within secure loads?


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8. Do employees know and follow the safe systems of work?


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9. Does the job design affect the way employees and drivers carry out the job, for example, is there adequate time to complete the task?


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