As we have mentioned previously on the
Employer's responsibilites to drivers, all drivers must have a risk assessment (Health & Safety at work
The act applies to large companines and organisations,
the small company and the self-employed.
The act includes work related journeys and covers
all drivers whether they are in company vehicles, using their own vehicles for business, freelance, agency, temporary or contract
workers. Remember it also covers pick up or moving items around from one premises to another.
- If you have under 5 employees there is
no need to keep a record of risk assessent records
- If you have over 5 employees you must keep
a record of your risk assessment records.
Remember that company vehicles
are classed as a place of work.
Apart from the possibility of senoir management
facing large fines or possible imprisonment there are some major benefits.
The true cost of accidents to organisations
are nearly always higher than just the cost of repairs and insurance claims. The consequences of an accident on the self-employed
and small businesses are likely to be proportionately greater than on a larger business with greater reasources. The
benefits to you from managing work-related road safety can be very worth while, no matter what the size of your business.
It allows you to exercise better control over
costs, such as fuel, wear and tear, insurance premiums, legal fees and claims from employees and third parties.
It also allow you to make informed decisions
about matters such as driving training and vehicle purchase, and helps you identify where health and safety and safety improvements
can be made.
Case studies and reaserch have shown the
benfits from managing work-related road safety and reducing accidents include:
- Fewer days lost due to injury
- Reduced risk of work-related ill
- Reduced stress and improved moral
- Less lost time due to work rescheduling
- Fewer vehicles off road for repair
- Reduced vehicle maintenace costs
- Can increase resale vehicle values
- Reduced running costs through better
- Better fuel consumption
- Improved company image, do your
vechiles look good with dents and scratches or drivers speeding wirh your name on it?
- Fewer missed orders and business
opportunities so reduced risk of losing good will of customers
- Savings on your fleet insurance
- Less chance of key employees being banned from
driving, e.g. as a result of points on their licence
Some of the above
you will not have planned into your business budgets and may have massive concequencies on your
business model and future growth.
Promoting sound health and safety driving practices
and a good safety culture at work may well spill over onto private driving, which could reduce the chances of staff being
injured in an accident outside work.