Employers Legal Responsibility For Work Related Road Safety
All Companies, whether they are small family run businesses or large organisations, are now directly responsible for the safety of all their employees. This includes the use of all company vehicles during normal working hours.
On April 06, 2008, The Corporate Homicide Act (Scotland) and Corporate Manslaughter Act (England & Wales) were introduced across the UK. In short, this new legislation means all companies and other organisations will be prosecuted and found guilty of corporate manslaughter where there has been a gross failing throughout the organisation in the management of Health & Safety with fatal consequences.
The police can and will be involved in all investigations involving a work related road accident death, or serious injury.
This legal requirement applies as much to employees who drive as part of their job as it does to employees who work in an office or factory environment. This means that employers have to manage road risk in the same way that they manage other occupational Health and Safety risks throughout the rest of their business operations.
Therefore, every employer has a legal responsibility to make regular assessments of the risks to the Health and Safety of their employees while at work and to take remedial action as and when required.
However, even though Government Legislation now requires it, only a small percentage of companies have now implemented a Road Risk Reduction Programme. The financial cost of not doing so can be substantial, fines are between 2.5% - 10% of the annual turnover of a business.
Managing Occupational Road Risk is therefore vital for all companies who have employees who drive a company vehicle for company business. Companies should therefore have a strict safety policy in place, supported and implemented by Senior Management. A well run business that already has effective systems in place for managing Health & Safety has nothing to fear from the new legislation. However, many companies have no such system in place and indeed have little, or no idea, what their responsibilities actually are.
To ensure you and your employees are covered by an effective Work Related Road Safety Programme contact us today.