What is Occupational Road Risk?
“For most people, the most dangerous thing they do while at work is drive on the public highway”
Health and Safety Executive
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 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, so you need to manage the risks to drivers as part of your health and safety arrangements. Organisations have a legal duty to put in place suitable arrangements to manage health and safety.
Effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce fleet risk, no matter the size of your organisations fleet. It could also result in, for example:
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) states you must ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work. You must also ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related driving activities. The self-employed also have similar responsibilities.
If you employ five or more people, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, you are required to make written risk assessments of how your business activities could impact employees and others. The Health and Safety Executive is very clear that this legislation extends to work-related driving, as cars and vans used for business are now legally considered to be an extension of the workplace.
Corporate Manslaughter & Homicide Act 2007
Company Officials and Directors have a duty of care to their employees. That extends to employees driving on company business and driving to clients from their home. Penalties include fines and imprisonment for breach.
If one of your employees is killed, for example while driving for work, and there is evidence that serious management failures resulted in a ‘gross breach of a relevant duty of care’, your company or organisation could be at risk of being prosecuted under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. There is more information on HSE’s website (www.hse.gov.uk/corpmanslaughter/faqs.htm).
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