Fleet operators wishing to improve their road risk management and the safety practices at their organisation are advised to take a look at the recently updated "Driving at work: managing work-related road safety" guidelines, published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The guidelines, which can be downloaded for free, have been fully reviewed and feature additional data from road safety charity Brake and other organisations.
The guidance was welcomed by Brake, which has found that around 26% of accidents on local roads involve an at-work driver. The charity is optimistic that these casualties can be avoided if tested policies and best practises for motorists are adopted.
Fleet operators can also take a peek at Brake's Fleet Safety Forum, where the charity provides additional tools and guidance to companies with employees who drive for a living. Recently, Brake also launched its "Essential guide to fleet safety," which was drafted in collaboration with the Department for Transport. The guide is available along with the "Driving at work" document by the HSE and is intended to help small companies and workers currently taking their first steps in road risk management.
Brake urges all companies and organisations with workers who drive for a living to read the reviewed guide from the HSE along with the charity's essential fleet safety guidance in order to ensure that their risk management policies and best practices are in line with the proposed measures, and to make sure that they are up to date, says Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake.