With so many factors coming into play, it can be hard to visualise all of the things you need to do to maintain a safe working environment for your drivers. Are you doing all you can to keep your workforce safe on the road?
Staying safe on the road is not just the driver’s responsibility but also that of the employer. If an employee drives for work, health and safety law applies just as it would in any other workplace.
According to a recent survey by road safety charity Brake, significant numbers of drivers are putting themselves and others at risk by texting, speeding and grooming while on the road. The survey also found that people who drive for business purposes are more likely to take some – or all – of the risks mentioned previously.
Employers have a duty of care when it comes to driver welfare and paying lip service to safety simply isn’t enough. You need to have the correct policies in place and be able to prove that you’re enforcing them too.
As well as driver behaviour, employers must also take the vehicle into consideration. Is the vehicle itself safe and is it being maintained properly?
We’ve created a handy checklist to help you keep your workforce safe on the road, wherever they are. Click for a bigger version to download and share. Please let us know what you think in the comments below.