Ergonomic Vehicle Assessment
Vehicles are considered workplaces for many people.
The HSE guidance recognise that employees who drive a vehicle, ride a motorcycle other powered two-wheeler or a bicycle on the road as part of a work activity are at risk and states that “driving for work is one of the most dangerous things workers will do”. Health and Safety legislation applies to work activities on the road in the same way that it does when working on a fixed site.
A Vehicle Risk Assessment can study all aspects of a vehicle in relation to its set up, size and access, specific to the user of the vehicle and recommend the best ergonomic solution.
Our experts complete these specialist assessments either in person or remotely.
We do this by utilising an online virtual platform such as MS Teams. This allows us to view the vehicle and the employee, how and what they use and how they position themselves within the vehicle.
We would want to address the seating, access, storge and tools as a basic minimum, addressing comfort, manoeuvrability, adjustments, and safety. Every individual faces different risks, which may be increased by any existing MSK condition, or being taller or shorter than average.
Vehicle Assessments are relevant for anyone who drives as part of their role.
Such as, but not limited to, HGV drivers, home shopping delivery drivers, and paramedics. These workplaces also fall under HSE legislation and should be set-up to achieve maximum comfort and minimum irritation.
We will review all aspects of the vehicle for a specific driver and will provide a report outlining the best ergonomic arrangement, with details of any manufacturer barriers which may require management intervention. This may prompt an employer to consider an alternative vehicle or fleet or even enter discussions with manufacturers for bespoke alterations to accommodate workforces.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ergonomic Vehicle Assessment FAQs
How long does a vehicle assessment take?
Vehicle Assessments can take 30 to 60 minutes depending on the nature of the issue or the type of vehicle.
What are the most common risk factors?
Risk factors of vehicle use generally surmount to posture, position and duration, alongside any risks factors that may be present in relation to accessing a trailer or a cab.
Why this type of assessment is important in the workplace?
The vehicles that we depend upon for our work is equally as important as an office space or workstation. Effectively, for many, their vehicle is their workstation and therefore we need to be paying attention to the ergonomic risks to physical health.