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Occupational Road Risk

Published by Safety Net Team

April 3, 2024

This safety nudge examines the hazards associated with employees driving for the organisation’s purposes and the corresponding preventive measures. It specifically explores aspects concerning the driver, the journey, and the vehicle to mitigate risks effectively.

Employers’ Duties

  • The Health and Safety at Work ,etc Act 1974  requires employers to:
    • ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees
    • provide safe equipment and systems of work, which includes vehicles driven by employees on company business
    • ensure the safe use, handling, storage and transport of articles and substances; this applies to anything being carried in a vehicle in connection with work
    • provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure safety, including while driving
    • provide a safe working environment, as regards facilities and arrangements for the welfare of employees at work
    • produce a health and safety policy, which must be communicated to the employees and address all the organisation’s health and safety issues, including occupational driving
    • inform,instruct,train or supervise the employees’ work activities to ensure compliance
    • ensure those not in their employment do not come to harm, eg other road users.
  • The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 requires an employer not to schedule a journey or give any directions that it should be completed within a specific time such that this results in an employee speeding.
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999  make risk assesments , including of work-related driving activities, mandatory.
  • Under the Provision and Use or Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), employers have a duty to:
    • maintain vehicles in an efficient state, good working order and in good repair
    • assess the risk from using the vehicle, including ergonomics, manual handling and mobile phones
    • minimise the identified risks as far as reasonably practicable
    • provide appropriate information, instruction and specific training.

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