Motor vehicle safety is imperative to prevent accidents involving both drivers, passengers, and other road users. However, did you know that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2018, 2,080 deaths were recorded as a direct result of occupational transport incidents?
In this blog post, we will look at some OSHA driving safety regulations and what can be done to comply with these important rules.
Remember, it’s not just about following the law – it’s also about keeping all employees safe!
What OSHA Driving Safety Regulations Should I Know as an Employer?
You as an employer should know various general requirements and ensure workers’ occupational safety and health when operating vehicles at off-highway workplaces.
While employees are responsible for driving motor vehicles safely, it’s the employer’s responsibility to enforce safe driving.
The following occupational safety regulations should be maintained at all times. If a motor vehicle can tick all of these boxes except just one – it may not be occupied. Letting even one small thing slide can be a serious occupational safety and health hazard.
You need to regularly perform checks and inspections on every motor vehicle to ensure its safety for your employees.
Here are some very important OSHA driving safety regulations for employers to know:
What Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations Should Employees Know?
Employees require proper training to determine whether all of the measures mentioned above have been put into place and are still functioning correctly.
Section number 1926.601(b)(14) states: “All vehicles in use shall be checked at the beginning of each shift to assure that the parts, equipment, and accessories are in safe operating condition and free of apparent damage that could cause failure while in use.”
Findings should be communicated to employers so that they can rectify safety hazards or regulation violations. Until such a time that they have been fixed, the motor vehicle should not be in operation.
Other regulations employees are required to know for the sake of their own occupational safety and health include:
How Insure Compliance Helps with Motor Vehicle Safety
At Insure Compliance, we have developed a unique model that identifies five safety gaps and provides tried and tested solutions. These include:
In this case, we will discuss the verification gap.
We have defined the verification gap as the difference between the safety training provided and the safety behavior.
Unfortunately, negligence and laziness play a big part in occupational safety when operating a motor vehicle.
So, the best way to curb this is adequate staff training. At Insure Compliance, we don’t just focus on the how but also on the why.
Once employees understand why they are doing certain motor vehicle safety checks every single day, over and over, the task will seem less monotonous or mundane, as they realize that it is for their own occupational safety, as well as that of their peers.
But, it’s not only the employees who need training. Sometimes business owners are more focused on profits and productivity than motor vehicle safety.
Employers often don’t allow workers adequate time to perform their motor vehicle checks before operation. Safety and health risks are sometimes overlooked if an employee indicates an irregularity with a motor vehicle to the authorities, but it’s too expensive to fix.
So, to bridge the verification gap, we provide training to help both sides. There need to be structures put in place to recognize safety as a company goal, with mutual safety supervision.
Employers should regularly monitor whether employees are doing the correct checks. And, employers should be held accountable to fix any irregularities with absolute haste – and disallow the motor vehicle from being used until it’s fully compliant once more.
Your workplace might be operating vehicles that risk employees’ occupational safety and health every day without even realizing it. Or, they are completely aware and may not have the proactiveness to address this.
Give both yourself and your employees a fresh outlook by making use of our training services. We come to your worksite and offer both English and Spanish options.
Implementing all the necessary safety checks will not only drastically reduce your chance of hefty fines should OSHA regulators come around, but knowing that all vehicles are in safe, functioning order provides a great sense of peace of mind and community.
Get in touch with us today, and we can start the process of bridging that gap.
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