Employers, the self-employed and employees must comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005 and related regulations, in particular the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 – regarding use of work equipment at the place of work.

  • It is the policy of Walsh Lubricants to ensure all staff are trained, licensed and competent to drive their respective vehicles for the
  • Regular servicing and maintenance will be carried out and any faults are reported
  • A walk around check-list is conducted by the driver before driving/operating any vehicles.
  • Drivers must hold a valid driving licence for the vehicle being driven and carry it while driving.
  • It is vitally important to understand and obey all the rules of the road and to update yourself regularly on road safety.


  • Drivers have an individual responsibility for their driving behaviour.
  • Drivers must assess their fitness to drive.
  • Never drink and drive.
  • Never drive under the influence of drugs [prescribed or over-the counter].
  • Never drive when
  • Loads will be secured on the trailer
  • Drivers must wear a seat belt on every
  • Poor driving behaviour is monitored by management and poor driving behaviour will result in refresher training on the company policies and procedures.
  • The driver will be monitored and if breaches occur, disciplinary action will be taken.
  • Good driving behaviour will be noted in the company management meetings and good behaviour incentives will be discussed with management for good driver behaviour.
  • These will be gift vouchers usually provided twice a year for good driver behaviour.


Driver Fatigue


Thousands of crashes are caused by tired drivers. They are usually severe because a sleeping driver cannot brake or take avoidance action, so the impact generally occurs at high speed. Fatigue related collisions often result in very serious injuries or death.


You are most likely to feel sleepy when driving:


  • On long journeys on monotonous roads
  • Between 2am and 6am
  • Between 2pm and 4pm
  • After having less sleep than normal
  • After drinking alcohol
  • After taking medicines which cause drowsiness
  • On journeys home after night shifts
  • On journeys after a very long working day




Jan 2023