More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time, according to DfT figures.
Health and safety law applies to work activities on the road in the same way as it does to all work activities and employers need to manage the risks to drivers as part of their health and safety arrangements.
Effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce risk, no matter what size your organisation is. It could also result in:
• 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.
The publications and websites below provide more information to help employers manage the risks to their employees who drive as part of their employment.
Other useful websites and organisations
HSE: work related road safety (website)
This HSE website provides information about the law, employers’ responsibilities and managing risks.
This briefing 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.
Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ORSA) (website)
This website provides information, advice and free resources to help employers to understand and manage the risks faced, and created, by their staff when they use the road as part of their work. It also provides advice and resources to help individuals who use the road as part of their job.
Driving for Better Business (campaign)
Formally launched in April 2007, Driving for Better Business is a national campaign which champions work related road safety and engages with an ever-increasing network of employers. One of the SERP partners, Essex County Council, is a Driving for Better Business Champion.
RoSPA ‘MORR’ (campaign)
RoSPA has long campaigned for organisations to adopt a proactive risk management approach to reducing the risks connected with ‘at work’ vehicle use.