An Introduction to Managing Occupational Road Risk
RoSPA Wales has developed a bilingual guide to help employers navigate their way through the subject of managing occupational road risk.
Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do, and it contributes to far more accidental deaths and serious injuries than all other work-related activities. Very few organisations can operate without using the road. Millions of vehicles - lorries, vans, taxis, buses, emergency service vehicles, company cars, motorcycles and bicycles - are used for work purposes, and many more people work on foot on the road - maintenance workers, refuse collectors, postal workers, vehicle breakdown employees, the police and so on. Unfortunately, this means that all these workers face risks on the road because they are doing their jobs. They can also create risks for everyone else who uses the road.
The new guide provides simple advice based on HSE’s approach of ‘plan, do, check, act’ outlining the policies, people and procedures that need to be put in place to enable employers to understand:
- How your organisation uses the road (the staff who do so, the vehicles they use and the journeys they make)
- The risks this creates to your staff and other people
- The potential consequences of those risks, and
- The measures needed to manage and reduce risks and consequences.
Michelle Harrington, Road Safety Manager for RoSPA Wales said: “The legal consequences of failing to manage occupational road risk can be extremely serious. In addition to helping employers understand their legal responsibilities, the guide explains how a positive road safety culture can protect employees and other road users, save costs, reduce business interruptions and avoid adverse publicity associated with crashes.”
The free guide is designed for organisations that may not have considered this issue previously and are unsure how to proceed. Signposting to a great deal of additional support and advice, much of it free, is included to assist employers in developing effective ways to manage occupational road risk.
or further information from RoSPA on driving for work please visit the RoSPA website.