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RR523 - Knowledge of workplace transport hazards amongst British businesses

As part of the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) workplace transport priority programme, there is interest in establishing the areas in which knowledge of the hazards associated with workplace transport is lacking amongst industry, as these may then be targeted for future improvements. To assist in this undertaking, the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) was commissioned by HSE to gather baseline data on the current level of understanding regarding workplace transport hazards by British businesses, through consultations with their safety managers. A nationwide telephone questionnaire survey was conducted across a stratified sample of businesses from five major sectors of industry, seeking information on a range of issues known to be associated with workplace transport risk, as well as subsidiary questions on other inter-related workplace transport issues.

This report summarises the findings of the questionnaire survey, which are anticipated to make a significant contribution to the workplace transport priority programme information base. Providing a baseline of knowledge against which future activities may be evaluated will help to encourage more focussed interventions, through supplying the foundations that will allow HSE to assess the impact of awareness raising campaigns related to workplace transport hazards.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19