Assessing Your Work-Related Road Risk
Find the gaps and learn how to plug them
If you employ 5 or more people, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, you are required to make written risk assessments of how your business activities could impact employees and others. If you employ less than 5 people, you still have a duty of care to ensure that your work activities don’t put anyone in danger. If you run a small business, you may not think you have a fleet, but if anyone in your business ever drives a car or van on your behalf, all of these issues still apply to you and your business.
We have developed a series of 50 questions to see if your organisation is doing all it can to effective manage its work-related road risk and to help you identify where you may have important gaps. The questions are split into four sections:
The aim of the questions in this section is to build a picture of your fleet, the structure of your fleet management hierarchy and the operational processes and procedures you are currently working to when it comes to vehicles and drivers.
The questions within this section encourage you to think about the staff you are placing behind the wheel and the level of risk they are exposed to – either as a result of their own competencies/characteristics, or the type of role or activity that they are undertaking as part of their job. Furthermore we explore the operational processes and procedures you currently have in place to manage your drivers.
In this section we will help you examine the systems, processes, culture and hierarchy you have in place when it comes to running safe, legal vehicles.
In the final section we concentrate on the processes, systems and controls that come into effect once the driver is behind the wheel and the vehicle is out on the road. Driver fatigue can be a big challenge and this issue needs to be addressed comprehensively.
Not all the questions are about compliance, some are about good practice and going beyond the legal minimum to ensure drivers and road users are as safe as possible, and that the company is maximising the benefits that come from better management of those who drive for work.
You should work through all 50 questions and try to answer ‘Yes’ to a as many as possible.
Those you answer ‘No’ to are potentially serious gaps in your road risk management plan. You should then start to look at a strategy to fill these gaps as quickly and comprehensively as possible.