Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands of a Transit Operator most often require manual handling of loads between 5 kg and 15 kg.  Manual handling requirements are considered to occur on a rare basis throughout the work day/week. Physical demands may include but are not limited to, activities such as:

  • Assisting with securing bikes on/off the bike racks; lifting/lowering the bike racks; and securing customers in wheelchairs and scooters
  • Reaching between shoulder and ground level to assist/serve customers, access emergency exits/hatches, secure/strap scooters and wheelchairs; or steer and adjust mirrors etc.
  • Rotating the neck and spine to shoulder check, view travel path and greet customers.
  • Squatting, crouching or kneeling to secure wheelchairs and scooters and conduct pre and post trip inspections.
  • Sustained sitting while driving
  • Navigating steps and stairs to access the buses, including staircases in bi-level bus designs.
  • Extended exposure to an indoor environment (95 % of the work is completed inside the bus)
  • Working outside to complete pre/post trip inspections if a bus breaks down on a route or to assist passengers when needed.
  • Working in close proximity of moving traffic.
  • Exposure to noise (running bus engine, air brakes, radio, background dialogue of riders, traffic noise, etc); vibration (associated with operation of the bus); and odours (exhaust fumes; pets/animals confined in carriers and/or service animals; passenger fragrances/perfumes and/or conditions associated with passenger personal hygiene).
  • Exposure to inclement weather conditions.
  • Interactions with the public in various situations; most public interactions occur inside the bus.
  • If you would like to learn more about the physical demands and work environment of the position, please read the full  Job Demands Analysis .