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On-Road Health & Safety

Employers responsibilities

Managing the risks to employees (Fleet Drivers) who drive as part of their work requires more than just compliance with road traffic legislation.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers to take appropriate steps to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others who may be affected by their activities when at work. This includes the time when they are driving or riding at work, whether this is in a company or hired vehicle, or in the employee’s own vehicle.

The same duty of care exists from an employer towards their employee regardless of whether the vehicle being driven for work is a company owned or privately owned by the employee.

Risks associated with driving will always exist. These cannot be completely controlled, however, an employer has a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to manage these risks and do everything reasonably practicable they can to protect people from harm in the same way as they would in the workplace.

This is where the benefit of a robust Fleet Driver Training programme will help contribute towards your duty of care towards your fleet drivers.

‘Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence’.

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