Driving At Work
- Managing work-related road safety
(quotation from Health and Safety
It has been estimated that up to a third of
all road traffic accidents involved somebody who is at work at the
time. This may account for over 20 fatalities and 250 serious
injuries every week. Some employees believe, incorrectly, that
provided they comply with certain road traffic law requirements e.g.
company vehicles have a valid MOT certificate, and that drivers hold
a valid licence, this is enough to ensure the safety of their
employees, and others, when they are on the road. However,
health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities as to
all work activities, and the risks should be effectively managed
within a health and safety management.
This guidance applies to any employer,
manager or supervisor with staff who drive, or ride a motorcycle or
bicycle at work, and in particularly those with responsibilities for
fleet management. It also applies to self-employed people.
Employees and trade union representatives will also find it helpful.
It covers people whose main job is driving, and those who drive or
ride occasionally or for short distances. References to
drivers and driving include riders and riding.
Companies with large good vehicles (LGV) or
passenger service vehicles (PSV) may also be subject to specific
legislative requirements that take precedence over the general
advice given here. Many accidents happen due to inattention and
distraction as well as failure to observe the Highway Code.
You need to consider what steps you should take to ensure that your
employees use the road as safely as possible.
Under the Management of Health and Safety
at Work Regulations 1999,3 you have a responsibility to manage
health and safety effectively You need to carry out an
assessment of the risks to the health and safety of your employees,
while they are at work and to other people who may be affected by
their work activities. The Regulations require you to
periodically review your risk assessment so that it remains
appropriate. You are required to consult with your employees,
and where applicable, their health and safety representatives, on
the health and safety issues covered in this guidance.