Driving Challenge!

The Department for Transport has developed an interactive driving challenge, that is both a little bit of fun but very eye opening! We would like to share this challenge with our members.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, requires you to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of all employees while at work. You also have a responsibility to ensure that others are not put at risk by your work-related driving activities. (Self-employed people have a similar responsibility to that of employers.)

As you are aware Driving at work should be risk managed as any other work activity, but what are the benefits of managing road related risk?

The true costs of accidents to organisations are nearly always higher than just the costs of repairs and insurance claims. The consequences of an accident on the self-employed and small businesses are likely to be proportionately greater than on a larger business with greater resources. The benefits to you from managing work-related road safety can be considerable, no matter the size of your business.

It allows you to exercise better control over costs, such as wear and tear and fuel, insurance premiums and legal fees and claims from employees and third parties.

It also allows you to make informed decisions about matters such as driver training and vehicle purchase, and helps you identify where health and safety improvements can be made.

You and your staff who may drive as part of their job will find this very interesting, especially the results!

It should take no more than 5 minutes, but it does require the volume to be up and to be viewed where you will not disturb others.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/drivingchallenge/

Author: James | October 15th, 2010

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