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28 March 2011
Using vehicle at work
Did you know a third of Road accident is
work related? Driving as part of work falls under Health and Safety
Legislation and as such employers should ensure that driving risks are
effectively managed. This applies to all industries including the
construction industry where driving is a regular part of the job.
Under the Health and
Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a duty to ensure as far as is
reasonable practicable the health and safety of all employees whilst at
work and that of others.
The employers are duty
bound to carry out appropriate risk assessments and have applicable
work policies all of which have to be regularly reviewed and updated if
necessary. This applies to all employers and to those who are
self-employed but it does not cover commuting to and from one's place
What should your policy cover
The most important
points to consider are, management, journey organisation, driver
training and vehicle maintenance.
Below are some of the questions you need
to ask before setting up driving policy;
a. Who is responsible for driving health
b. Does that person have the proper
authority over such drivers?
Ideally the person in authority should be
in senior management.
c. What systems are set up to ensure the
policies are adhered too, maintained and updated?
d. How are these monitored?
e. What training should be given to
You should also put in place checks that
employee is okay to drive. The minimum document you should have is a
copy of the employee's driving licence or HGV licence if applicable.
If an Employee is using their own
You will need to ask for a copy of the
insurance policy each year to confirm that business use is included and
to check any limitations imposed by insurers; a copy of the car's MOT
if applicable; confirmation that the car is taxed and request a copy of
the service records to ensure that the car is and has been maintained
by a reputable garage on a regular basis.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2011-04-29 21:45:20 in Legal Articles