Statistically, driving is the most dangerous work activity carried out in the UK. Yet it is the most neglected area when it comes to risk assessment and training.
If you have employees driving vehicles for your business then you have a duty of care to them. Generally known as Work Related Road Risk, employers need to consider the following:
• Is the vehicle suitable for the task?– goods compliant etc
• Are the drivers legally allowed to drive the vehicle?- driving licence checks
• Is the driver fully conversant with the vehicle? – vehicle induction and driver training
The list above is not exhaustive, but so often court cases arise because the obvious has not been checked, especially in smaller companies.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA 1974) states that any vehicle being used for the business is regarded as an extension to the work place. This means that the vehicle and its use and operation must be included in the risk assessment of the business.
There are heavy penalties and fines under the Health and Safety Offences Act 2008 if organisations get this wrong.
So where is the help to get it right? There are two publications available to guide you through the process. They are from the Health and Safety Executive
The documents to obtain are:
- INDG 275 – An introduction to managing for health and safety. Plan, Do, Check, Act
- INDG 382 – Driving at Work – Managing work related road safety
How can we help?
We can help you, dramatically reduce the risk and cost to your business, it’s directors and senior managers as well as your employees through our tailored professional risk assessment and training programs. By identifying and addressing risks you are demonstrating a high level of duty of care towards your employees, providing a safer working environment.