Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Vehicle Operation

Purpose:

 This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent

Guidelines:

Do:

a)    Carry safety gear in your vehicle (shovel, jumper cables, tow rope, jack, wheel wrench, spare tire, flashlight, first aid, etc.).

b)    Ensure there is adequate survival gear in the vehicle when driving in winter (food, communications, warm clothes/ sleeping bag).

c)    Ensure vehicle is mechanically sound and suitably equipped - check fuel, oil and fluid levels and tire condition (uneven tread, cuts, cracks and bulges) and pressure.

d)    Drive in a safe and controlled manner that is suitable for road and weather conditions, and obey all traffic laws.

e)    Wear a seat belt at all times while travelling in a vehicle.

f)     Check road and weather reports, and investigate potential hazards that may be encountered on your route beforesetting out (e.g. washouts, deteriorated bridges, water-crossings, rockslides, etc.)

g)    Secure loose cargo items (e.g. fuel containers, jacks, spare tires) that might cause further damage in the case of an accident.

h)   Be aware of other vehicles on the road and check your mirrors frequently.

i)     Be aware of large commercial vehicles on the road. They take more than twice the distance to stop.  Avoid cutting in front of large trucks or braking suddenly in front of them.

j)      Avoid staying too long in a driver’s blind spot.  Do not pass vehicles on the right unless road signs allow.

k)    Proceed with caution near accident sites. Other drivers may be looking at the accident and not paying attention.

l)     Be aware and drive carefully when animals, cyclists, parked cars or people are on the road.

m)  Be especially cautious when driving in muddy, snowy or icy conditions, and on loose gravel.

n)   Use caution when driving at dusk or dawn when animals tend to emerge to forage.

o)    Be a defensive driver.  Do not assume other vehicles will always turn in accordance with their turn signals.

p)    Use caution when driving through intersections, even when you have the right of way.

q)    Avoid tailgating to allow yourself time to stop if the other vehicle stops abruptly.  Use the 2 second rule when following a vehicle.

r)     Check fuel level before every trip, considering your range and the distance to gas stations along the route.

s)    Be aware of the type of fuel the vehicle requires.  Filling a gas-powered vehicle with diesel or vice-versa can destroy the engine.

t)     Ensure your driving companion is carrying a spare key, or secure a spare key in a safe place on the outside of the vehicle.

u)   Promptly report any accident to the police and report to your supervisor.

v)    Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on the driving.

w)   Get someone to stand outside the vehicle at a safe distance to guide you if you must back-up with limited visibility.

x)    Use parking brake when parked on a hill.

y)    Always conduct a vehicle walk around prior to starting the trip.


    Do Not:

a)    Do not operate a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol.

b)    Do not ride in the back or box of a pick-up truck.

c)     Do not attempt maneuvers (e.g., operate a winch, tow another vehicle, go over obstacles) for which you are untrained.

d)    Do not rush or push your limits - if you feel tired or unwell, stop and have a nap, or change drivers.

e)     Do not overload your vehicle.  Check the load limit of your vehicle posted on the inside of the driver's door.

f)     Do not allow yourself to be distracted by eating, adjusting the stereo, talking on the phone, or doing other activities while driving – pull over if necessary.

g)    Do not carry hazardous or highly flammable items such as bear spray, gasoline or propane in a vehicle cab.

h)   Do not position your body under the vehicle when jacked up to change a tire.


References:

Motor Vehicles Act