Road safety charity welcomes revised HSE guidance

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The road safety charity, Brake, has welcomed revised guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on managing work-related road safety. The guidance ‘Driving at work: managing work-related road safety’ has been fully reviewed and improved, and is an essential guide for any organisation with employees who drive during the course of their employment, or for self-employed drivers.

According to Brake, at least one in four road casualties (26%) in Britain involve an ‘at-work’ driver. Brake’s deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend, said “Driving is the riskiest activity most employees engage in, and a huge proportion of devastating road casualties involve someone who’s driving on company time. It’s therefore essential that organisations with staff who drive for work are aware of the simple, low-cost steps they can take to protect their drivers and the public. I would urge all organisations with employees who drive on work time to read this updated HSE guidance, alongside Brake’s essential guide to fleet safety, to ensure their risk management policies and practices are up to date and in line with best practice.”

The guidance includes examples of types of activities which companies can use to manage road risk, and signposts to further information from Brake and other organisations. The guidance is available as a free download from the HSE’s website.