A basic part of any Health & Safety plan – the kind that most well-managed organisations should have – is a detailed approach to risk management and risk mitigation.
If there is a fire, how should we manage it? If there is a workplace accident, who should respond? In the event of trips and injuries, what should we do?
So when it comes to driving for work and a clear driving for work policy, isn’t it odd that the same thing does not apply?
Most especially when you consider that over 40% of work-related deaths are caused by road collisions!
A 2014 report by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) makes for compelling reading and comes to the virtually inescapable conclusion that when it comes to managing road risk at work “the financial and other benefits of such a programme could outweigh the costs of implementation.”
The report also goes on to highlight other benefits, “such as increasing efficiency in organisational management and administration”.
We have previously highlighted employer responsibilities when it comes to driving for work and, stemming from that, the need for a clear driving for work policy.
But put in more human terms, one workplace accident is one too many, most especially if it involves risks that could easily have been minimised or avoided altogether.
That a report is even needed in order to make these points is, when you think about it, quite astounding.
Beyond basic good corporate practice, how should an organisation’s leaders know whether they need to more actively manage road risk?
The ETSC suggest that if you answer yes to any one of the following questions then chances are you need to manage road risk more effectively:
- Do you operate vehicles for work?
- Do your employees drive for work?
- Do your employees or others drive on your premises?
- Do you provide employees with vehicles?
- Do you contract transport services?
Regardless of whether you have a driving for work policy or not, if your organisation has people driving for work then now might be a good time to reflect on these questions and take the necessary steps before it is too late.
Because when it comes to managing risk to save a human life, too late really is too late.
If you need help assessing your own driving for work risks or putting in place an effective risk management process, visit us at www.prodrive.ie or call one of our experts today on 01 864 1790.