Within the UK fleet market corporate responsibility
for employees' Health and Safety and Duty of Care whilst driving for
work, has come under high levels of scrutiny. With the relatively new (April 2008) Corporate
Manslaughter & Corporate HOmicide Act regularly making the headlines, businesses need to have the
correct policies in place to ensure they are not exposed
to unnecessary risk in this area.
Work Related Road Safety Task Group
carried out in-depth research on this subject which resulted in the
"Driving at Work - Managing Work-Related Road
Safety". Stewart Whyte, our Managing Director,
was direclty involved in this process, and our Consultancy has
had much input in other safety initiatives, including addressing many
conferences on the subject both in the UK and Europe.
Fleet Audits can provide bespoke corporate risk
assessments to identify levels of risk, and then provide robust policies and document suites to
manage any unacceptable risk exposure. With these risk policy document templates, the re-writing of company car policies to
incorporate risk management is quick and effective.
Businesses that allow employees to use their
own vehicles for business journeys are potentially at even greater risk
under Duty of Care. Often there are few restrictions or checks on
the type or age of vehicle being used for business purposes, with little
knowledge from the employer of the roadworthiness and maintenance
history of the private vehicle.
As an employer
you must ensure that you understand the risks of driving for work, and
act accordingly. Fleet Audits can fast-track your fleet to