Be Prepared: Managing Occupational Road Risk11 February 2019
The RoSPA Road Safety Conference highlights the need to continuously make roads safer for vulnerable users.
According to RoSPA, in the UK around 25% of road-related fatalities and serious injuries involve someone who was driving to or from work.
Whilst road traffic-related casualties have shown a decrease of 6% (Department For Transport) during 2017/18, numbers continue to remain staggeringly high at 26,610 serious injuries or deaths during the same period.
In an effort to improve these numbers, RoSPA has assessed whether employers and regulatory bodies can do more to help educate and protect their employees whilst out on the roads.
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act (HASAW) 1974 requires all employers to take appropriate steps to manage and ensure the health and safety of their employees at work, as far as it is reasonably practicable to do so. This includes the time employees spend driving or travelling to work as well as any driving conducted whilst at work, whether they are in a company or a privately owned vehicle.
Employers are required to manage the driving-related risks of their employees as part of health and safety measures. The HSE states that managing road safety is beneficial to:
- Reduce the risks of work-related ill health
- Minimise stress and promote better welfare
- Reduce the number of injuries to drivers
- Promote awareness of organisational health, safety, and operational procedures
The HSE encourages the use of the ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ method to implement a good Safety Management System.
Describe how you plan to manage health and safety in your organisations and plan how you will implement your plan into current operational procedures.
Once you have identified the risks, prioritise your risks depending on the likelihood of something happening and communicate information and training with employees.
Measure how effective your plan is at protecting your employees from occupational driving-related risks. Encourage employees to report accidents and near misses.
Review what has been learned from the performance and effectiveness of the plan and react accordingly, adjusting the health and safety policy and operational procedures if necessary.
Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR)
Developed in 1987 by RoSPA and various partners, the Managing Occupational Road Risks (MORR) was developed to help organisations to take a vested interest in the health and safety of their employees whilst out on the roads (including during their travels to and from work).
MORR must be considered as a fundamental element in managing employees health and safety in and around the workplace, rather than being thought of as an add-on to the current health and safety policies and procedures. Ensuring drivers are made aware of driving specific health and safety practices is vital to safeguarding employees and members of the public.
Lucion has been proactive in implementing driving specific health and safety operational procedures that encourage best practices within its fleet. These practices have resulted in Lucion being awarded the Gold RoSPA MORR Award.
RoSPA Fleet Safety Award
Operating for over a century, RoSPA promotes best health and safety practices during all occupational activities, including driving. Lucion have held the prestigious Gold RoSPA MORR award since 2014 for demonstrating high standards of fleet safety and executing efficient and great practices for managing road risks.
Lucion’s Fleet Manager, Brian Foster, commented:
“I would like to say a huge thank you to our team for helping us all achieve this fantastic accolade. A special thank you is extended to Kevin Watts for his time and effort in putting the Lucion submission together. Finally to all drivers; remember without safe driving, none of this is possible. So from me personally, thank you and stay safe.”
During the launch of the internal ‘Take Care, Be Aware’ health and safety campaign in 2015/16, a new policy was introduced where all Lucion drivers must only reverse into parking spaces.
The new policy was introduced to reduce the chances of collisions with pedestrians when drivers were reversing out of parking spaces. Driver training was given to educate employees on the benefits of reversing into spaces, encouraging the protection of the general public, other road users and the drivers themselves.
The Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents (RoSPA): https://www.rospa.com/
Department For Transport – Road Casualties Statistics 2018: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/reported-road-casualties-in-great-britain-provisional-estimates-year-ending-june-2018
Health And Safety At Work Etc Act (HASAW) 1974: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1974/37
Driving At Work – Managing Work-Related Road Safety HSE: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg382.pdf
Safety Management Systems – Lucion Services: https://www.lucionservices.com/services/safety-management-systems/
RoSPA – Managing Occupational Road Risk (MORR): https://www.rospa.com/safety-training/on-road/driving-at-work/
RoSPA – MORR Review: https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/research/MORR-review.pdf
RoSPA MORR Award: https://www.rospa.com/safety-training/on-road/driving-at-work/
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