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Control measure
Ensure safe vehicles

Control measure knowledge

The safe person principle establishes the foundation for effective health, safety and welfare management in the operational environment. It requires fire and rescue authorities to plan for and implement suitable arrangements for providing, maintaining and the response of suitable appliances and the equipment necessary to deal with the range of operational incidents it will be called on to attend (The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986).

In its publication Providing and using work equipment safely - a brief guide, the Health and Safety Executive provides an outline of the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) (and equivalent devolved legislation) and describes what an employer may need to do to protect employees in the workplace. See http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg291.pdf .

This approach to safety is further embellished by the CFOA Transport Officers Group - Best Practice Manual for Vehicle Maintenance and the Fire Service HGV Inspection Manual.

See the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and the Highway Code - Vehicle Maintenance, Safety and Security

Further guidance can be found at ROSPA - Road Safety Resources for Employers

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Ensure personally owned vehicles used in connection with service conform to legal requirements
  • Comply with service procedures regarding vehicle checks and use