Preventative Measures Professional Drivers Can Take to Ensure Their Safety

  • Learn and use safe lifting and moving techniques for heavy or awkward loads
  • Use mechanical aids to assist lifting when possible
  • Avoid breathing exhaust fumes near the vehicle
  • Switch-off engine when parked, especially when in an enclosed area
  • Protect your hands and body by wearing the appropriate personal protective clothing, such as chemical-resistant gloves, steel-toed boots, and overalls
  • Ask your employer to install an ergonomically designed driver’s seat
  • Take short, frequent breaks when required to drive for lengthy periods
  • Attend training sessions to learn how to recognize and respond to the threat of violence
  • Ask your employer to provide you with a personal alarm so that you can summon help when needed