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HSE publishes latest guidance on work-related road safety

The guidance on “Driving at work: managing work-related road safety” has been fully reviewed and improved with examples of types of activities companies can use to manage road risk, and signposts to further information from Brake and other organisations. The document is available as a free download from hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg382.pdf.

The move has been welcomed by road safety charity Brake, which has highlighted that at least one in four (26%) road casualties in Britain involve an at-work driver and says that many of these devastating events can be prevented through employers implementing tried and tested policies and practices.

The charity also provides guidance and tools to organisations with staff who drive for work through its Fleet Safety Forum and has recently produced an “Essential guide to fleet safety” with the support of the Department for Transport, which can be read alongside Driving at work, specifically aimed at small businesses and employers starting out in road risk management. It's available for free at brakepro.org/essential-guide.

Commenting on the revised HSE guidance, Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: ‘I would urge all organisations with employees who drive on work time to read this updated HSE guidance, alongside Brake's essential guide to fleet safety, to ensure their risk management policies and practices are up to date and in line with best practice.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.