Over 14,000 road collisions between 2008 and 2011 may have been work related. The figures include as many as 4,672 vans, trucks and buses. A further 9,427 collisions involving private cars could also have been work related.
Driving for work includes any person who drives on a road as part of their work either in:
Commuting to work is not generally classified as driving for work, except where the person’s journey starts from their home and they are travelling to a work location that is not their normal place of work.
As an employer or self-employed person, you have a legal duty to manage the risks that employees face (and create for others) when they drive for work. Businesses, employees and the community all benefit from safe driving for work. You should have systems in place to make sure that employees comply with your driving for work policies. Employers cannot directly control road or weather conditions, but they can influence the way their employees act and behave on the road.
The laws that require safe driving for work in Ireland include:
Corribview Safety Services Ltd. can assist in implementing a safe systems approach to managing driving for work in your workplace tailored to your Companies specific needs. A driving for work programme can benefit your business in a number of ways, but its main aim should be to improve safety. Developing a programme will help you understand the factors involved in driving for your business and your responsibilities as an employer.
With a strong policy in place, you’ll find it easier to continually assess the risks your employees face in driving for work and to make recommendations and changes promptly and effectively.
Our driving for work programme includes the following;
The programme will be built around Safe Drivers Safe Vehicles and Safe Journeys.
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