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Safe work method statement - Motor vehicle - Seating and controls

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Seating and controls

A vehicles seating and controls should be set and adjusted to suit an operators comfort whilst at all times giving consideration to ergonomic factors.

  • Seating should where practicable be ergonomically designed for user support and comfort.
  • Controls associated with the functional operation of a vehicle should be within easy reach of a person operating the vehicle.


Tasks associated with the setting and adjusting of a vehicles seating and controls include:

  • Setting and adjustment of seating as per manufacturer?s instructions e.g. adjust seat and backrest;
  • Implement administrative controls to minimise the transfer of vibration from the road surface;
  • Operation of the functional controls fitted to a vehicle;
  • Knowledge of warning signs/notices relative to controls;
  • Administrative reporting controls;
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the vehicles seating and controls;
  • Assess risk to persons through the seating fitted to a vehicle.

Safety procedure includes

Motor vehicle - Seating and controls

Motor vehicle seating and controls safe work method statement is a 11 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of the seating and controls associated with the operation of a motor vehicle.

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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Operation of vehicle without having set or adjusted seating and controls.
  • Failure to implement administrative controls to reduce vibration.
  • Operation of vehicles controls without instruction.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Training requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for setting and adjusting sitting and controls of a motor vehicle.

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