Driving is the most dangerous activity most of us do regularly. In 2019 there were 1,725 fatalities on the UK’s roads and 25,945 people seriously injured following a road traffic accident.
A HSE road safety task force estimates that between a quarter and a third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is at work.
Looking at the two previous statements, it is easy to see that driving at work can present a significant risk and employers need to manage work related road safety just as they would any other hazard in the workplace.
So, what do you need to know about managing work-related road risks in your business?
Every employer has a duty to look after the health and safety of anyone who may be affected by their business activities. The duties for small businesses are just the same as those for larger businesses. This may seem overwhelming, but getting things in place for small businesses might be a lot easier than you think.
After the last few months of lockdown, many employers are now considering the impact of Covid-19 and workers returning to the workplace.
From the 1st of August 2020 the blanket edict of ‘those that can work from home should work from home’ has been replaced by guidance that shifts the onus onto employers to decide whether it is right to bring people back into the workplace, or for them to carry on working from home.