- Safety and Health Topics
- Trucking Industry
This site provides information about preventing occupational illness and injury in the trucking industry through links to summaries, training presentations, publications and other resources. It also offers a one-stop location to find applicable Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance requirements related to worker protection.
OSHA regulations govern the safety and health of the workers and the responsibilities of employers to ensure their safety at the warehouse, dock, construction site, and in other places truckers go to deliver and pick up loads throughout the country. While OSHA does not regulate self-employed truckers, it does regulate workplaces to which the truckers deliver goods and the workers which receive those goods.
Trucking industry is addressed in specific OSHA standards for Recordkeeping and General Industry.
Other Federal Agencies
Provides an overview of the regulations, training requirements, and other resources from other federal agencies:
Provides specific OSHA, Department of Transportation (DOT), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, training requirements, hazard references and illness and injury statistics that apply to the major trucking activities of employers and their employees.
Related Safety/Health Information
Provides links and references to safety and health information related to the trucking industry.
Provides links and references to training and other resources related to the trucking industry.
Workers have the right to:
- Working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm.
- Receive information and training (in a language and vocabulary the worker understands) about workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and the OSHA standards that apply to their workplace.
- Review records of work-related injuries and illnesses.
- File a complaint asking OSHA to inspect their workplace if they believe there is a serious hazard or that their employer is not following OSHA's rules. OSHA will keep all identities confidential.
- Exercise their rights under the law without retaliation, including reporting an injury or raising health and safety concerns with their employer or OSHA. If a worker has been retaliated against for using their rights, they must file a complaint with OSHA as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days.
For additional information, see OSHA's Workers page.
How to Contact OSHA
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov or call OSHA at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), TTY 1-877-889-5627.
- Safety Practices Once Tractor Trailer Drivers Arrive at a Destination. OSHA Fact Sheet (Publication 3944), (2018).
- Logging. OSHA eTool. By many measures, logging is the most hazardous industry in the United States. Included is a section, Log Loading and Transporting, which outlines the required and recommended work practices that can reduce logging hazards to the vehicle operators.
- Wood Products: Sawmills. OSHA eTool. Describes the hazards associated with working in sawmills. Included is a section, Receiving and Storing, which depicts safe log truck loading and unloading procedures.
- Beverage Delivery. OSHA eTool. Describes the hazards associated with beverage delivery. Includes sections on Delivery Trucks, Hand Trucks, and Water Delivery.