The HSE states (2017) that by law:
- Pedestrians and vehicles must be able to use traffic routes without causing danger to the health or safety of people working near them
- Roadways and footpaths should be separate whenever possible
- Employers must consider protection for people who work near vehicle routes
- Traffic routes must also keep vehicle routes far enough away from doors or gates that pedestrians use, or from pedestrian routes that lead on to them, so the safety of pedestrians is not threatened.
The HSE’s Approved Code of Practice “Safety in Docks” states “Vehicles and pedestrians should be separated where they share the same workspace. This may involve excluding pedestrians from certain areas or providing separate pedestrian routes. All vehicle and pedestrian traffic routes should be clearly marked and signs clearly visible. Appropriate crossing points should be provided where pedestrians and vehicles meet”.
The importance of Traffic Management Risk Assessment
Traffic Management Risk assessment is a crucial component of your health and safety considerations. Failure to adequately protect staff from vehicles of any variety could lead to accidents and potential fines or even prosecution.
Assessment must ensure that vehicles and pedestrians are separated adequately and that the potential for accidents is negated.
Safety First’s Traffic Management Risk Assessments
The Safety First team has many years of experience in Traffic Management Risk assessment. We will carry out a full assessment of your vehicle and pedestrian access and detail our findings, ensuring that you are compliant with HSE regulations.
Contact our friendly team of experts to find out more about Traffic Management Risk assessments or any of our other services: