Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has published information for taxi drivers and operators to outline their work health and safety obligations and help reduce risks and injuries in the workplace.
Taxis play an important role in our public transport system with more than 3,250 taxis providing a safe and reliable transport option, particularly during the late night and early morning hours.
In Queensland, more than 15,000 people are licensed to drive taxis, which carry more than 90 million passengers a year.
The new guidance outlines who holds responsibility for all aspects of work health and safety in the industry, including vehicle safety, vehicle condition, safe vehicle operation and passenger safety. It also includes advice on some of the most common risks and injuries that occur, including how to minimise violence, harassment and difficult or aggressive passengers and ways to manage fatigue and shift work.
WHSQ is working with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, unions, the Taxi Council of Queensland, registered training organisations and taxi companies to distribute the guidance. You an also visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au to download a copy.