Ergonomic risk assessments for drivers and vehicles

Driver and Vehicle Ergonomic Assessor Course

Driving ergonomics makes for better business and safer roads for mobile and remote workers and is the key to maximise driver wellbeing.

Many thanks for the Driver and vehicle ergonomic assessor course. I found the course highly informative and comprehensive. The information given was not only incredibly relevant, but also your in-depth knowledge enabled me to learn details relevant to my work area.
PB, Anglian Water (attended the virtual live course 8th Sept 2021)

'The course was extremely informative which has given me the tools to seamlessly transition into delivering driver and vehicle assessments with confidence and competence. Would certainly recommend to friends and colleagues and anyone with an interest in the area'
JS, MSK Occupational Health Physiotherapy Service Lead (attended the virtual live course 8th Sept 2021)

'enricoSmog practitioners ran an in-house course for us for which I have received very good feedback from the OH advisors who attended and from the clients who have been assessed since. Well done!'
Occupational Health manager, OH Provider

'I'd been looking for a course like this for ages, as we have loads of drivers out on the roads, and we want to keep them safe, and so knowing how to carry out this type of assessment will help greatly'
Health, safety and well-being manager, National Distributo

Who should attend?

  • If you’re responsible for drivers’ health and wellbeing and wish to design and manage safe, productive and efficient mobile working
  • Do you want to carry out vehicle assessments for drivers who report discomfort or pain using the principles of ergonomics and human factors methodology and tools? If yes , then this course is for you
  • To achieve the objectives the training course is designed to be as practical as possible which will stimulate and encourage proactive behaviour and discussion throughout the day. This is a unique course with great potential to improve wellbeing, productivity and your duty of care to other road users.

You will learn how to:

  • Conduct a full driver and vehicle ergonomic assessment using our body and risk assessment checklist to identify key risk factors, based on the principles of ergonomics and human factors
  • Use ergonomic tools to evaluate discomfort and pain, fatigue and stress
  • Use ergonomic tools and methods to determine vehicle suitability
  • Understand driver and vehicle anthropometrics and match these to job demands
  • Identify common risks associated with driving and be able offer guidance to reduce exposure through correct set up and safe ways of mobile working
  • Giving guidance to improve driver wellbeing and health with an emphasis on mental health
  • Write a report using an evidence-based approach, that interprets your findings that can be acted upon by the client
  • Give clear guidance and training to the driver on setting up the vehicle and its safe operation i.e. rest breaks, driver distraction and advice on best practices in relation to mobile working
  • Assess the impact of new technology in vehicles to avoid distraction-  – assessments should not just focus on physical but cognitive and organisational ergonomics
  • Identify adaptations to vehicles for workers with specific requirements

Preliminary requirement

  • To facilitate learning delegates are asked to undertake a simple assessment of his or her vehicle and some simple tasks that will be utilised during the training course.
  • Agree to the CIEHF code of conduct

Course requirement

  • To fully participate in the course as you your contribution is important

Post course requirement

  • To meet up and discuss your assessment and any problems encountered by the group

Delegates pack

  • Checklist and report template
  • Course notes
  • Sources of information and what you need to know (handbook / links to sites)

Our training course can be tailor made to those organisations requiring an in-house course.

Course timetable and content
(Please check joining instructions for exact start time and location)

08.55–09.00  Welcome

9.00–09.30 Course overview and Introductions

  • How the course works and what is covered
  • How to undertake an evidenced based approach to driver and vehicle assessments using our risk assessment checklist/report to identify key risk factors, based on the principles of ergonomics and human factors 
  • CIEHF professional requirements – the professional practitioner
  • Discussion & short practical exercises

09.30 –09.45 - Basics

  • The basis of a risk assessment and what is the employer’s obligation?
  • Legislation, official guidance and good practice? Evidence!
  • Remote working ensuring that things are assessed correctly
  • problems that have been encountered – extensive trained experience
  • Issues with PPE and equipment
  • Lone working
  • Discussion of pre-course work and contents of handbook

09.45–10.00 - Ergonomics and Human Factors

  • Why use ergonomics as the basis of the assessment – builds on pre-course reading.

10.00 –10.30 - Vehicle and Driver ergonomics (1)

  • Different vehicles and what to assess
  • Essential components of a vehicle for driver comfort. Can these be measured?
  • Driver behaviour in response to poor ergonomics.
  • Cognitive ergonomics and human factors (distraction, mental workload, fatigue, stress)
  • Layout, seating, controls, interaction
  • Positioning of steering wheel, pedals and gear stick
  • What features does the driver need? Which ones are often missing?
  • Are your work vehicles suitable?  Match against job demands – expectations of the driver
  • Driver training - practical
  • Organisational and system ergonomics  e.g. Task, route planning and how this can impact on driver wellbeing

10.30–11.00 - Vehicle and Driver ergonomics (2)

  • Posture and driver wellbeing and welfare
  • Driver-vehicle fit - drivers anthropometrics matched to task demands (e.g. time sitting – driving, time sitting, admin etc)
  • Driving postures -  risk factor, how to determine & quantify
  • Metabolic effects of sitting on the body
  • Gathering data on driver discomfort using a body map tool
  • Drivers that have a condition that affects his or her ability to sit comfortably (biomechanical / anatomical, cognitive, physiological, sensory)
  • Conditions that affect drivers and ways this may have been mitigated in your organisation
  • Practical

11.00 – 11.20  Mid morning break

 11.20 – 11.50 - Typical driver assessments (using case studies)

  • Discuss pre-course assessment
  • What is a standard assessment?
  • Check basics, teething problems, common issues
  • Problem solving and solution evaluation
  • Dealing with issues found and raised (MSDs, fatigue, vibration  (full and UL), and sun exposure
  • Mental health and driver wellbeing 
  • CALM (campaign against living miserably)
  • Top causes of stress reported by drivers
  • Body awareness exercise to see how posture and vehicle design can impact on the driver
  • Giving advice to improve driver wellbeing and health?

11.50 – 12.50 - The risk assessment

  • How to set the vehicle up?
  • How to use the vehicle and driver assessment checklist in preparation for the afternoon practical
  • Task investigation and analysis
  • Adaptations – a look at a variety of different solutions e.g. back supports – delegates will have opportunity to see these in action
  • Consider the impact of new technology on drivers and how this can have impact their ability to carry out vehicle tasks and why it is not just a question of physical ergonomics that should be assessed – cognitive, organisational and system
  • Case studies

12.50– 13.30 - Lunch

13.30 –15.30 - Vehicle assessment practical and writing the report - PRACTICAL

  • Working as a team we will work through the checklist in relation to a case and extract information to write up a complete and actionable report – client expectation.
  • Action to take on receipt of referral – using a flow chart
  • Respond to the BDD as an assist to the investigation
  • Task analysis and Gap analysis – how work is given to the driver and what their views are on this – has anything changed?
  • Take measurements of the person and vehicle and what to do with these
  • Analyse findings - how to write the report from what has been collected
  • What training and advice should you give?
    • Driver, manager and organisation?
  • What vehicle? A simple vehicle selection tool (to what degree do we need to specify)
  • Using pre-course delegates will discuss their vehicle and what was found in relation to the new knowledge


15.30– 15.50 - Group discussion

  • Discussion of findings from assessment
  • Summary of what advice should be given to:
    • the driver
    • the manager
    • the organisation 

15.50 – 16.10 - Driving and wellbeing

  • How to prevent problems occurring – putting everything together

16.10–16.20 - Round up

  • Post course assessment and meet up post course to discuss assessments undertaken


Cost £450.00
VAT (@20%) £90.00
Total £540.00

The price includes an assessors report, and course materials.


Please call 01747 871868 or email

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