It has been estimated that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve individuals who at work at the time. This accounts for over 20 x fatalities and 250 x serious injuries every
Week in the UK alone. Some employers believe, incorrectly, that provided they comply with certain road traffic regulations that this is enough to ensure the safety of their employees, and others, when they are on the road. We are sorry to inform you that even with the company vehicles having a valid MOT certificate and your drivers holding a valid licence, as a responsible employer this is simply the tip of the iceberg. Health and Safety Regulations not only apply to on-the-road work activities but to all work activities. You have a responsibility to reduce risks by effectively managing ALL work activities within a Health and Safety Management System.
YOUR LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the health and safety of all employees while at work. You also have a responsibility to ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related driving activities. (Self-employed people have a similar responsibility to that of employers.)
Under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1993 you have a responsibility to manage health and safety effectively. You need to 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 their work activities. The Regulations require you to periodically review your risk assessments so they remain appropriate. You are required to consult with your employees, and where applicable, their Health and Safety Representatives, on Health and Safety issues.