Road Safety at Work
Work Related Road Safety does not just apply to those people who drive as part of their job, but also everyone that manages drivers. On average 65% of all company vehicles will be involved in a collision over the next 12 months according to the AA.
Road Traffic Collision Maps
To highlight the seriousness of this issue, Road Safety has produced a series of maps displaying all road casualties in Cornwall from 01/04/2008 to 31/03/2013. The maps are split into four regions allowing individual roads to be identified. As an employer or employee these maps can assist you in identifying the casualty numbers on the routes you travel most frequently.
- West Cornwall (Truro and westwards)
- Mid Cornwall (Redruth to Bodmin / Fowey)
- East Cornwall (Padstow / St Columb and eastwards)
- North Cornwall (Launceston and northwards)
Note. These maps are in pdf format and are fairly large (up to 9mb) which may take some time to download on slow connections. Please contact us on the address below if you experience any issues with this.
Work Related Road Safety
As a manager of people who drive for work, are you aware of the legal requirements to safeguard your employees?
Have you considered the safety and wellbeing of employees who drive for work purposes – whether in company vehicles or their own, if they claim mileage or are paid while driving, they are ‘driving for work’.
UK law requires employers to treat driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work, the same as any other health and safety risk. They must conduct suitable risk assessments and take all ‘reasonably practicable measures’ to manage the risks. For further information, visit RoSPA’s Occupational Road Safety website: www.orsa.org.uk.
Cornwall’s Prevention, Protection and Road Safety team provides information, advice and free resources to help employers to understand and manage the risks faced, and created, by their staff when they use the road as part of their work. It also provides advice and resources to help individuals who use the road as part of their job.
How can we help?
- Help in putting together a Work Related Road Safety policy, giving advice, recommendations and providing sample policies
- Provide posters (paper or digital) and other resources to raise awareness of road safety
- Host an awareness day at your offices, engaging with passing people, with our range of interactive activities and videos
- Host workshops and speak to your staff, increasing their knowledge and awareness of road safety and small changes they can make to keep them safer
Is it necessary?
Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do, and very few organisations operate without using motor vehicles.
Within Cornwall, 25% of the people killed or seriously injured in the period 2009-2013 were driving for work at the time.
It also isn’t necessarily the stereotypical white van at the cause of this: cars and car-derived vans are the highest risk category.
Cornwall’s Prevention, Protection and Road Safety team offer completely free workshops to local businesses.
These workshops are not going to tell you how to drive, or lecture on what you should or shouldn’t do. Almost all drivers know what they should or shouldn’t do, yet collisions still occur. There is something preventing the driver from behaving in the way they intend: whether this is peer pressure, perceived work pressure or something else influencing them.
The workshops are an opportunity to take a moment to think about how you drive, what may affect your driving behaviour, and to consider some strategies to overcome these.
The sessions are very interactive, with short activities, videos and discussions. They are informal, and typically last between 1 hour and 1½ hours.
Simply contact us using the details below.
Further information and downloads
Protecting your business is our business and it’s free.
If you would like to access any of our services please contact the road safety team on 01872 327340. Alternatively email: email@example.com
For information on the legal requirements for Work Related Road Safety, along with advice on risk assessments, please view HSE's Driving at Work leaflet. Rospa's Driving at Work pdf includes a sample work related road safety policy to get you started, and also some advice and tips.
This is a more condensed version of the above leaflet created by Cornwall Council.