Your questions answered: How do we create a driving safety policy?

By Portner Press on March 19th, 2019
  1. Risk Management
  2. Workplace Safety

 

Q
My organisation, based in NSW, has asked me to draft a Driving Safety Policy in order to set policy parameters that will eliminate or minimise risks to individuals’ health and safety from driving-related accidents and injuries.

Some of our workers regularly travel to Queensland and go into the field after major weather events like cyclones to assess damage to properties and infrastructure. We use hire vehicles for these purposes and do not have fleet vehicles.

 

A
Under s 19 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act), employers have a duty or responsibility to ensure so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of their workers.

Employees also have a duty under this legislation to take reasonable care for their own safety and for the safety of others, as well as a duty to comply with workplace policies and procedures.

Any workplace safety policy should be designed with these primary duties in mind.

Additionally, policies pertaining specifically to driver safety should also bear in mind the road safety laws.

A driver safety policy may cover topics such as:

  • fatigue management:
    • employers should schedule work in such a way that manages the risks of fatigue;
    • employees should refrain from driving when tired and take regular breaks;
    • ensuring all drivers have the requisite drivers’ licence and qualifications specific to the tasks they are carrying out;
  • a commitment to ensure regular training of drivers;
  • a commitment by drivers to abide by all road rules including:
    • speed limits;
    • wearing of seatbelts;
    • not driving while intoxicated or affected by drugs;
    • ensuring drivers are adequately informed about the safe use of the particular vehicles being used;
  • a procedure for ensuring the vehicles used are adequately maintained and inspected for any possible defects; and
  • procedures for incident reporting.

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