Risk Assessment

Vehicle and Drivers – Risk assessment

  • October 24, 2020

In accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1993, it is mandatory for every business to complete a risk assessment to assess the risks and take appropriate steps to control the risks identified. These requirements include driving at work as well as the risks associated with visiting vehicles, deliveries, loading or vehicles collecting waste.

If a driver of a vehicle driving on behalf of his or her employer is involved in a serious road accident the Police automatically refer the matter to the Health and Safety Executive and the business may be subject to a sliding scale fine up to 10% of gross turnover.

All risks involved in driving a company vehicle on the road need to be assess; this should include the driver (his/her level of skill and experience), the vehicle, the route(s) followed, the length of the journey and the breaks taken.  Have your part’s drivers and technicians been included in your risk assessments?

Clearly, it is important to ensure the vehicles are maintained in a safe condition and regular checks are completed and recorded.

If you have 5 or more employees it is a legal requirement to create a written record of your risk assessment.  Even if you have less than 5 employees it is still good practice to keep a written record

It is equally important to review the risk assessment regularly and record your reviews.

See Forensic Driver Assessment for additional information.