Road risk management advice updated

Road risk management advice updated 28th April 2014

Fleets can benefit from updated advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on driving at work.

HSE has fully reviewed its guidance titled Driving at Work: Managing Work-Related Safety, adding up to date examples of activities that companies can engage in to reduce risks on the road.

According to statistics from the Department of Transport, 26 per cent of casualties on the UK's roads involves a driver who is on company time. Road safety charity Brake says that many of these accidents can be avoided by employers making sure they use tried and tested practices and policies among their employees.

The guidance from the HSE is considered to be an essential guide for employees who primarily drive for a living and self-employed people who drive as part of their day-to-day work.

HSE says that implementing effective road risk management policies can result in a reduction of injuries at work, a lower risk of ill-health due to work and a reduction in stress levels and improved morale among members of staff.

Additionally, Brake has also recently published its own guidance for fleets, which is supported by the Department for Transport. It says that its Essential Guide to Fleet Safety can be read alongside the HSE's publication. The guide is aimed in particular at small businesses and employers as an introduction to improving risk management on the road.

Speaking about the guidance available to drivers at work, deputy chief executive of Brake Julie Townsend said: "Driving is the riskiest activity most employees engage in, and a huge proportion of devastating road casualties involve someone who's driving on company time. It's therefore essential that organisations with staff who drive for work are aware of the simple, low-cost steps they can take to protect their drivers and the public."

She added that she believes all employees who drive as part of their jobs should read the updated advice from HSE as well the guidance from Brake in order to ensure they have up to date policies on road risk management.

Posted by Danielle Barge