OSHA Handbook for Small Businesses

Transporting Employees and Materials

Transporting Employees and Materials

  • Do employees who operate vehicles on public thoroughfares have valid operator's licenses?
  • When seven or more employees are regularly transported in a van, bus or truck, is the operator's license appropriate for the class of vehicle being driven?
  • Is each van, bus or truck used regularly to transport employees equipped with an adequate number of seats?
  • When employees are transported by truck, are provisions provided to prevent their falling from the vehicle?
  • Are vehicles used to transport employees equipped with lamps, brakes, horns, mirrors, windshields and turn signals and are they in good repair?
  • Are transport vehicles provided with handrails, steps, stirrups or similar devices, so placed and arranged that employees can safely mount or dismount?
  • Are employee transport vehicles equipped at all times with at least two reflective type flares?
  • Is a full charged fire extinguisher, in good condition, with at least 4 B:C rating maintained in each employee transport vehicle?
  • When cutting tools or tools with sharp edges are carried in passenger compartments of employee transport vehicles, are they placed in closed boxes or containers which are secured in place?
  • Are employees prohibited from riding on top of any load which can shift, topple, or otherwise become unstable?