Your Obligation to Health and Safety at Work
According to the Department for Transport, Drivers on work related journeys account for more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents. Laws on Health and Safety are not confined solely to the workplace but also apply to any driver on the road while on work related business. This also applies to drivers commuting to work but only when it is not their usual place of work. A common example is driving to a work related meeting.
All businesses should manage the risks to drivers as part of your health and safety policy.
If you are responsible for staff you’ll be aware of the wide range of health & safety laws designed to protect employees from coming to any harm while in the workplace. You may well have heard of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 – a law which many have unfortunately failed to take seriously. The act is designed to encourage employers to take reasonable steps to ensure their employees are safe while at work – failing to do so is now treated as a criminal offence in the event of a fatality in the workplace. This means a company can be prosecuted under this act and punishments can include financial penalties that can exceed annual turnover. Negative publicity will follow and it will almost certainly affect future business.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) – states you must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work. You must also ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related driving activities. The self-employed have similar responsibilities.
- Are our drivers driving safely?
- Does their eyesight meet the legal requirements?
- Are their licences valid and up to date?
- Do they have recent or pending convictions?
- Do they check the condition of their vehicles?
- Do they carry out daily vehicle checks?
- Do they drive our vehicles sympathetically?
- Do they drive legally?
- Do they respect other road users?
- Do they drive economically?
We can help by carrying out a risk assessment on your drivers.
In order to protect your Employees safety and satisfy the Laws on Health and Safety, have your Drivers checked by our Government approved fleet trainers. We offer not only this risk assessment service but a range of driver training presentations and on road training. Call us to discuss what would best suit your needs or fill in the contact form below and we will call you back.
Our risk assessments include the following:
- Explanation on Health and Safety when driving at work
- Licence check
- Eyesight check
- Daily and weekly vehicle checks
- Risk assessment on their driving
- Written report
Call 0800 138 0571 or complete the call back form below.
This form will be delivered to our fleet training department and one of our driver training representatives will call you back to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.