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Carrying Out a Load Risk Assessment

Carrying out a load risk assessment
27/Feb2018

Carrying out a load risk assessment

It is vital for businesses to do all they can to ensure employees are safe in their workplaces.

As with all areas of the health and safety law the employer has a duty to carry out risk assessments of employees. In order to protect the company and the health and safety of employees it is a legal duty of vehicle operating businesses to carry out a thorough risk assessment of the potential dangers faced by employees who load vehicles on their behalf. Self Employed individuals are also required by law to assess the risk of their own work loading vehicles.

Why is a load risk assessment important?

It is vital for businesses to do all they can to ensure employees are safe in their workplaces.

As with all areas of the health and safety law the employer has a duty to carry out risk assessments of employees. In order to protect the company and the health and safety of employees it is a legal duty of vehicle operating businesses to carry out a thorough risk assessment of the potential dangers faced by employees who load vehicles on their behalf. Self Employed individuals are also required by law to assess the risk of their own work loading vehicles.

What does a load risk assessment involve?

Risk assessment is not a difficult process, all you need to do is think about what you or your staff do, what could go wrong and what the consequence would be (including potential injury) if it did? A plan showing how a vehicle is loaded is very useful, and can help prove in the event of a roadside spot check, that the driver has been responsible for loading correctly.

Load risk assessment legal requirements

You are only legally required to record the assessment if you have five or more employees, but even owner drivers will find it beneficial to write it down as it helps you to identify risks, and what measures you can take to prevent the risk occurring.

How are businesses checked for compliance?

Traditionally, roadside stops were used and were aimed at all vehicle operators, at known stopping places and predictable times. However this standardised approach is not cost-effective and has been found to be unnecessarily disruptive for operators – who could lose out financially due to vehicle downtime and contractual penalties.

Consequently a new approach has been introduced which rewards compliant operators, and targets those not complying, in a proportionate way. A voluntary earned recognition system is being trialled to make compliance financially beneficial. When it is rolled out, operators can regularly share performance information with DVSA. In return, their vehicles are less likely to be stopped for inspections.

For those operators that are less compliant, the DVSA has set up a Strategic Traffic Management Office to target them with co-ordinated profiling, profile mapping, and roadside targeting with ANPR technology. This will be a highly focused effort to disrupt the operations of the small number of extremely non-compliant vehicle operators, so that there are financial disadvantages to their non-compliance.

For more information about how to secure your load and how CargoStop’s top quality products can ensure you meet health and safety regulations, please get in touch.


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