HSE Publish Driving at Work Guidelines

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 new document suggests ways you can do this

Employers have duties under health and safety law for on-the-road work activities.The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act)2 states you must ensure,so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work.

Employers must ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related driving activities. The self-employed have similar responsibilities.

However, you do not need to take action if it would be grossly disproportionate to the level of risk.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1993 require you to manage health and safety effectively. You must carry out an assessment of the risks to the health and safety of your employees, while they are at work, and to other people who may be affected by your organisation’s work activities. 

The full document can be downloaded at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg382.pdf  also you may wish to to go to http://www.gosafeglasgow.com/drive-safe to take a free on-line assessment.

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