Health and safety at work should also include drivers on work trips, says the TTC Group on today’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
A quarter of all crashes involve people driving as part of their job with thousands killed and injured on our roads every year, warns the road safety organisation, which educates 330,000 annually to improve their driving and reduce casualties.
But many bosses don’t include work journeys as part of corporate health and safety practices, says Adrian Hide, who advises companies on work related road safety with TTC DriverProtect.
“Many businesses are very good at ensuring their staff are well looked after under the company roof or on a work site but forget that company vehicles are also part of the workplace.
“They must check that drivers are not speeding because of onerous work commitments, not driving when tired and documents are up to date and that includes company owned vehicles as well as the individual’s own car, if they use it for work.”
The “grey fleet” where people use their own cars for work was one of the biggest risks for employers, says Adrian. Grey fleet vehicles are usually older and employers often relied on drivers to be responsible for maintenance and legal compliance.
But organisations which manage work-related road safety have fewer collisions, low insurance premiums and a fuel efficient fleet, he says.
With more than 500 trainers nationwide, the TTC Group has been educating road users to reduce casualties for more than 20 years.
April 28 is the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.