In 2000, an independent work-related road safety task group carried out a survey, which established that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work at the time. This is likely to account for over 20 fatalities and 250 serious injuries every week.
While employers have no control over the hazards that may be presented to their employees whilst travelling on public roads, there are some simple steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of harm.
The first step is to carry out an effective risk assessment. When we developed our online Risk Assessment Builder (RAB), we made sure to include the hazards associated with driving at work and sensible suggestions for controlling the risk.
One obvious but often overlooked hazard is the mobile phone. Employers need to ensure that they do not inadvertently introduce additional hazards by allowing employees to be called by colleagues during work journeys.
Having conducted the risk assessment, you may identify the need for additional training for the drivers and servicing, maintenance and checks of vehicles.
The law against the use of mobile phones in the UK still applies if stationary at traffic lights, stopped in traffic or supervising a learner driver.
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