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According to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005, a vehicle is defined as a place of work. Under Section 8 of the Act, with regards to the place of work, the Employer has a duty to ensure that, in so far as is reasonably practicable the:

  1. Design, provision and maintenance of it in a condition that is safe and without risk to health,
  2. Design, provision and maintenance of safe means of access to and egress from it, and
  3. Design, provision and maintenance of plant and machinery or any other articles that are safe and without risk to health.

With regards to the movement of pedestrians and vehicles in danger areas, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007, Statutory Instrument 299 of 2007 an Employer must ensure that:

  • Outdoor and indoor places of work are organised in such a way that pedestrians and vehicles can circulate in a safe manner;
  • Traffic routes, including stairs, fixed ladders and loading bays and ramps, are designed, located and dimensioned to ensure easy, safe and appropriate access for pedestrians or vehicles in such a way as not to endanger employees employed in the vicinity of such routes;
  • Routes used for pedestrian traffic or goods traffic, or for both, are dimensioned in accordance with the number of potential users and the type of undertaking;
  • Sufficient safety clearance is provided for pedestrians if means of transport are used on traffic routes;
  • Sufficient clearance is allowed between vehicle traffic routes and doors, gates, passages for pedestrians, corridors and staircases;
  • Pedestrian routes and traffic routes are clearly identified for the protection of Employees, where the use and equipment of places of work so require, and
  • If the places of work contain danger areas in which, owing to the nature of the work, there is a risk of an Employee or objects falling, these are:
    1. Equipped, as far as possible, with devices preventing unauthorised Employees from entering those areas, and
    2. Clearly indicated, and appropriate measures are taken to protect Employees authorised to enter danger areas.

It is important that Employers and the Self-Employed are aware of the principal risks associated with vehicles which need to be managed in order to protect Employees and members of the public.