HSE gets tough on driving standards

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. HSE gets tough on driving standardsOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today The Health and Safety Executive is stepping up its efforts to improve thesafety of work-related driving. It is to use existing health and safety regulations to get tougher onbusinesses, and will work with police to examine failures in companies’ healthand safety management following road traffic incidents. Health and safety law requires employers to ensure so far as is reasonablypractical, the health and safety of all employees at all times. They must alsoensure others are not put at risk by the activities of their employees. “Imposing unrealistic delivery schedules, inadequate training andfailure to properly maintain vehicles could all increase the risk of road accidents,”said Katherine Southby of Davidson Webber solicitors. “Employers will already be familiar with the need to make a ‘suitableand sufficient’ risk assessment of the health and safety of their employees atwork and of other people who may be affected by their work activities. This,now more than ever, needs to include any driving activity on the road,”she warned. Southby advised employers to look at ways of avoiding risks, such asconsidering alternatives to travel in general or to road travel, choosing andmaintaining appropriate vehicles, restricting long hours, providing trainingand carrying out driver assessments. “Make management responsibilities explicit and instigate reviews, toensure a continuous loop of improvement,” she added. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more