Driving at Work - Managing Work-related Road Safety
More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time (Department for Transport figures). Health and safety law applies to work activities on the road in the same way as it does to all work activities and you need to manage the risks to drivers as part of your health and safety arrangements. This leaflet suggests ways you can do this.
Effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce risk, no matter what size your organisation is. It could also result in, for example:
■ fewer injuries to drivers
■ reduced risk of work-related ill health
■ reduced stress and improved morale
Health and safety law does not apply to people commuting (ie travelling between their home and their usual place of work), unless they are travelling from their home to somewhere which is not their usual place of work.
Who should read this leaflet?
The leaflet applies to any employer with employees who drive, or ride a motorcycle or bicycle at work, as well as self-employed people. It also applies to those using their own vehicle for a work-related journey. It will be particularly valuable to those responsible for fleet management. Employees and their safety representatives will also find it helpful.
Employers with large goods vehicles (LGVs) or passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs) may also be subject to specific legal requirements that take priority over the general advice given here.
To read the full HSE publication click here