Driving at Work
Risks:
  • Injury from impact with moving vehicles or stationary objects
  • Damage to vehicle / equipment from the impact with moving vehicles or stationary objects
  • Criminal prosecution for driving infringements
  • Exceeding mandatory speed limits
  • Failure to drive at safe speeds consistent with prevailing traffic and weather conditions
  • Loss of concentration due to external influences (mobile phone use, fatigue, alcohol, drugs, stress, personal problems, excessive working hours)
  • Vehicle breakdown or component failure (tyres, brakes, steering)
  • Unlicensed or incompetent driver
  • Driving on unknown roads and consequent loss of direction
  • Vehicle overloaded or with unstable load
  • Escape of fuel or hazardous substances
  • Adverse reaction to traffic conditions, road works and traffic control
  • General anxiety about driving and lack of confidence
  • Unreported illness leading to incapacity to drive
  • Lack of sufficient rest breaks and attention to welfare needs
  • Carrying out unsafe manoeuvres in contravention of the recommendations of the Highway Code
  • Restriction to visibility (specifically depth perception, peripheral vision and colour recognition) and distraction by vehicle lights during the hours of darkness
Initial Risk:
  • Likelihood: 4
  • Severity: 5
  • Risk rating: 20
Control Measures:
  • All driving licences to be checked upon commencement of employment through AA Drivetech and annually thereafter
  • Compliance with the Highway Code
  • Driver to carry out daily vehicle checks
  • Driver to maintain tidiness of rear of vehicle and secure all tools safely
  • All vehicles to be fitted with a tracker device, and maintained in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations
  • Additional risk assessments to be undertaken where journeys exceed 4 hours
  • Compliance with EU Working Time Directive by Managers
  • Employees and Managers to complete personal risk assessments during periods of stress, anxiety, illness or tiredness
  • Comply with Vehicle Loading Limits
  • Do not transport Hazardous Substances
  • RTA reports reviewed by driver’s Manager and additional driver training implemented if required
  • Drivers to receive specific briefings on Vehicle Loading Limits, the transportation of Hazardous Substances, Driving in Adverse Weather Conditions
  • Managers regularly monitor drivers for signs of stress, anxiety or illness
  • All employees involved in regular night driving to be encouraged to complete a Night Workers Health Assessment Form which will be evaluated by an independent external medical assessor
  • Drivers to keep mirrors and windows clean and smear free inside and out to reduce glare from oncoming vehicles and eye strain
Risk rating:
  • Likelihood: 2
  • Severity: 4
  • Risk rating: 8
Safe to work Y/N:  Y