Safety Unit

Vehicle Use

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  • Photo of Truckdriver in the Cab of the Truck

    Employees who drive vehicles of a certain size and type for their employer are required to have a special license (CDL) and have special regulations they need to follow. In order to drive a commercial vehicle, a driver needs to pass both a knowledge and skills test and be tested on the type of vehicle he/she will be driving.

  • Hoist Hook

    Crane and Hoist Safety - Cranes and hoists come in all shapes and sizes. They can be used inside a building or on the exterior. They can be fixed or mobile. They can be used to raise or lower employees, or deliver heavy or bulky materials. Regulations and procedures relating to these devices that lift and move personnel and equipment are very extensive and specific to the application and type of equipment being used.

  • Medical Employee holding up a drug testing cup

    DOT Random Testing - Employees operating vehicles in safety-sensitive positions must comply with the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Employers are required to have strong programs to prevent drug and alcohol use in the workplace by vehicle operators. Safety-sensitive positions may not only be driving positions, but this program specifically refers to those employees whose duties include driving vehicles.

  • Vehicles driving at night

    Employer Pull Notice Program - Most US states have programs that allow employers to request employee driver records to monitor safe driving practices and license validity. In California, the program is called the Employer Pull Notice (EPN) Program.

  • Driver with smile puting on seatbelt

    Driver Safety Programs - Prior to the operation of any motor vehicle, drivers must be appropriately trained and demonstrate competence. Cal-OSHA does not regulate motor vehicle use or the enforcement of the applicable regulations. However, under the rule that an employee is entitled to a safe workplace, OSHA requires employers to have programs in place to protect workers and anyone who may be exposed to a worker’s actions.

  • Skiploader

    Industrial Vehicle Use - Tractors, graders, bulldozers, excavators, and forklifts are all examples of industrial vehicles. Some can be driven on regular roads and some are strictly off-road, special use vehicles. By regulation, they all require special training both in driving skills and in task operations. 

  • Boat Coming Toward Viewer

    Marine Vessel Use - There are two sources to regulation governing the use of marine vessels: those for recreational vessels and those used for industrial or commercial operations, including those used for policing the use of recreational vessels. While regulations for recreational vessels are primarily managed by the US Coast Guard and the US EPA, commercial vessel operations are subject to these as well as Cal-OSHA regulations for a safe and healthy workplace.

  • Photo of Off Road Tire in the Dirt

    Off-Road Vehicle Use - Off-road vehicles include tractors, earth movers, diggers or excavators, and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). Some off-road vehicles are recreational and others have definite industrial uses, however, if used to conduct county business, certain safety precautions apply.

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Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
575 Administration Drive
Room 116 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465237, -122.725363

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