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Often workplace safety is only improved once an accident has taken place, especially with relation to traffic and vehicles. A worker is injured on site, an investigation finds weaknesses in the system, and changes are implemented. But it shouldn’t take a serious accident to serve as a wake-up call.

Every business can and should take a wide range of pre-emptive steps to improve the traffic safety of their worksite.

1. Implement site roads safety measures

Site roads and their traffic management arrangements should be designed by qualified personnel (e.g. civil engineers) in accordance with sound design principles.

Traffic signs used for site roads must be in accordance with the appropriate part of Australian Standard AS 1742. Safety signs must be used for:

  • Speed limits
  • Sharp bends
  • Junctions
  • Pedestrian crossings
  • Vehicle crossings
  • Blind corners
  • Steep gradients
  • Road works
  • Any other specific site hazard

Speed limits should be imposed throughout the site, as appropriate (e.g. 5 - 20 km per hour). Measures should be in place to ensure adherence to site speed limits (e.g. speed humps, training, instructions, signage and observations of driver performance).

2. Consider parking facilities and pedestrian crossings

Parking facilities should be designed and constructed in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2890. Parking facilities for persons with disabilities should also be provided, as appropriate.

Marked and sign-posted pedestrian crossings, as well as safety barriers in full accordance with Australian Standard AS 3845, should be located where required.

3. Install sufficient lighting

All site roads, parking areas, pedestrian crossings, and any other areas where vehicles operate, should be appropriately lit and designed to avoid extremes of light variation (i.e. moving from a brightly lit area to a dark one).

4. Look out for visitors – they’re not from around here!

Drivers of delivery vehicles (couriers, trucks, tankers, vans, etc.) and visitors, who are permitted to enter the site with their vehicle, should be informed of the site traffic rules, as part of their induction, before they are allowed to enter.

5. Control on-site refuelling

On-site refuelling of vehicles (including on construction and temporary sites) must be carried out only in designated and properly signed stations. Where possible, such areas should be bunded.

Precautions for on-site refuelling and/or fuel transfer, should include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Use of electrical earth straps, clips, etc. to prevent static charges building up and causing a spark
  • Specific instructions for towing fuel trailers over rough terrain
  • Specific instructions for keeping valves closed and vents open
  • An assessment of the trailer to determine whether it will cause a spill if it rolls over
  • Spill control equipment of the appropriate type and in sufficient quantities, as required on each site

Fuel-dispensing equipment should be in accordance with Australian Standard AS/NZS 2229.

The arrangements of the following Australian standards should be utilised in the development of specific site procedures, as applicable:

  • AS/NZS 1020 for arrangements related to the control of undesirable static electricity
  • AS 1940-2004 for arrangements related to the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids
  • AS 2809 for arrangements related to road tank vehicles for dangerous goods
  • AS 4979-2008 for arrangements related to precautions against electrostatic ignition during tank vehicle loading

6. Control noise and emissions

Arrangements should be in place to ensure compliance, in relation to vehicles on site, with regulatory arrangements related to air pollution and noise.

7. Investigate incidents

Any vehicle incident on site, whether resulting in injury or not, should be immediately reported and thoroughly investigated.

General advice warning

The information on this site is of a general nature only. It does not take your specific needs or circumstances into consideration. You should look at your own situation and requirements before making any decisions.

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