Learn about your responsibility, as an employer, for domiciliary care staff who drive at work.
According to the Homecare Association, 90% of domiciliary care workers rely on their personal vehicle, or public transport, for work and domiciliary care workers travel more than 4 million miles per day.
As an employer, your responsibility to your employee’s health and safety while driving for work doesn’t stop with simply compliance and road traffic legislation, you must comply with The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
According to the Department for Transport, it is “estimated that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is at work at the time”
As per the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all employers must carry out risk assessments for the health and safety of their employees both while they are at work, and to other people who may be impacted by their work activities.
If you employ five or more people, you should have a written health and safety policy statement which features your policy on work-related road safety. Ensure that all employees are given this information during their induction.
Prior to employment, there are a number of practical checks that employers should carry out to ensure that drivers and personal vehicles are not a health and safety risk.
For employee drivers, they should:
For personal vehicles, they must:
Although there are limits to how much employers can control when employees are driving for work, all risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety management system.
Some ways to reduce these risks include:
As well as being compliant with the regulations, creating a policy to limit the risks employees face when driving at work and general road safety, can lead to several benefits for your company:
Carolyn Baker-Mellor is a respected industry leader with over 35 years' experience within the care insurance sector.
Carolyn currently works at Towergate as Head of Care Insurance.
This is a marketing article by Towergate Insurance.
Date: January 12, 2024
Category: Care and Medical