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'Managing Occupational Road Safety: an Opportunity for your Business'

Find out more about the Driving Risks at Work Toolkit

Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do, and very few organisations operate without using motor vehicles.

Millions of people use the road in order to do their job, and in doing so, they both face, and create, risks. They drive or ride an enormous variety of vehicles, including cars, vans, lorries, taxis, emergency service vehicles, buses and minibuses, coaches, and motorcycles in order to carry out their duties. Some people ride pedal cycles, or work on foot (for example, postal workers, maintenance workers, refuse collectors, vehicle breakdown employees, the police and so on) on the road as part of their jobs. They all share the road with members of the public.

Therefore, 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.

This website 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.

As an employer, whether a large or small, private or public business, you should seek to develop a systematic approach to managing occupational road risk appropriate to your business. By doing so you can achieve the following benefits for your business:

  • Reduce the number of accidents and injuries
  • Comply with legal duties
  • Avoid spiralling insurance costs
  • Improve staff morale through making them safer drivers
  • Enhance your company's reputation

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) was created to provide free information and support to assist Small and Medium Sized businesses to raise awareness of managing occupational road risk.

Why not take a moment to evaluate how you are currently managing occupational road risk by considering the following questions:

  1. Do any of your staff drive for work?
  2. Do you know the range of vehicles driven for work purposes?
  3. Do you know how many miles your employees drive each year for work purposes?
  4. Are your work's vehicles being damaged whilst in use?
  5. Do they use bicycles or motorcycles?

If you answer yes to any of the above you need to:

  1. Develop a short statement about your organisation's approach to occupational road safety. This document is freely available to download to organisations that sign up to the ScORSA Statement.
  2. Communicate it to your employees.
  3. Issue a driver's handbook. A driver's handbook is freely available to download to organisations that sign up to the ScORSA Statement.
  4. Cover any issues regarding grey fleet (own vehicle use by employees). A manager's guide and company policy are freely available to download to organisations that sign up to the ScORSA Statement.

Join ScORSA to gain access to these and other unique resources that can be tailored to your company.

Joining ScORSA is Free. Joining ScORSA means signing up to the ScORSA Statement to commit your business to achieving a cycle of continuous improvement in 'driving for work' performance, ensuring that this approach is underpinned by a proactive safety culture led by senior managers with full worker involvement. If you're interested in becoming a member of ScORSA, click on the Join ScORSA button and complete the joining questionnaire or contact ScORSA for further information at: info@scorsa.org.uk.

You can also take advantage of free support and advice, to help you develop policies and procedures, offered by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives and by Road Safety Officers.

 

Workshops

ScORSA is hosting a number of themed workshops relating directly to the management of occupational road risk. They have just launched a new look website and aim to help SME's in Scotland develop policy and good working practices through their free resources. Their next events are FREE for ScORSA members.

Young and Ageing workshops

Limited offer – only 20 places available

RoSPA Scotland will provide the opportunity for ScORSA members to attend a practical workshop on the issues of Young and Ageing Drivers at work, Beancross Restaurant & Hotel, Lauriston Bypass, FALKIRK FK2 0XS on 21st June 2017.

Who

The events have been designed to support individuals within SME organisations with direct responsibility for the management, implementation/monitoring and deliver of MORR policy. In particular, it has been designed to benefit those individuals who may not have recourse to resources, which may be provided via fleet management departments in larger organisations.

What

The workshop will focus on the need and practicalities of issues involving Young and Ageing Drivers within workplace. Topics covered will include:
• Identifying the issues
• Young Drivers in the Workplace
• Providing for Older Drivers
• Developing a Toolkit for Drivers at Work

These topics will be discussed by the presenters and supplemented throughout the day by practical exercises and group discussions to enhance the learning experience.

Those who attend will also receive RoSPA certificate of attendance.

Cost

The event is fully supported by our partners and is therefore FREE of charge to ScORSA members.

As we have only twenty places available, it is suggested you send your application form as soon as possible.

To apply, please fill in the application form and return it to info@scorsa.org.uk.

September 26 - Management of Occupational Road Risk (MORR) workshop to be held at Perth, Scotland. This workshop has been designed to support individuals within SME organisations with direct responsibility for the management, implementation/monitoring and deliver of MORR policy. The workshop will focus on the need and practicalities of establishing clear MORR policy and working practices within your workplace. To take advantage of this offer why not join ScORSA.

November 23 - ScORSA St Andrew's Seminar: The seminar will focus on the re-launch of ScORSA Toolkit, which is a tool to assist SME's in the development and communication of MORR policies. To take advantage of this offer why not join ScORSA.

 

Latest News

15/05/2017

Potholes cause rise in breakdowns – The condition of local roads is on a “knife edge” after a surge in pothole-related breakdowns, the RAC has warned. It dealt with more than 6,500 breakdown jobs linked to poor road surfaces in the first quarter of the year, 63 per cent more than in the same period last year. Problems included broken suspension springs, damaged shock absorbers and bent wheels. (Nationals)

Driver gets 99 points for speeding 11 times – A driver clocked up 99 points on his licence in under a month by speeding over the same bridge 11 times. The 20-year-old man was banned from driving for six months and fined £660 after it emerged he had repeatedly broken the speed limit on the same stretch of road in Ipswich last October and November. He was given three points for each of the incidents, and an additional six points for each for failing to give police information about the driver. (Telegraph)

Killer driver spared jail – A woman who killed a motorcyclist after crashing into him in thick fog has avoided prison. The woman, 68, claimed she did not feel the man smash into her car, and carried on driving to her home in Maidenhead. She was found guilty of causing death by careless driving and handed a suspended prison sentence, as well as being banned from the road for five years. (Telegraph)