The Health and Safety Authority, An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority have launched a new TV-led campaign that highlights the dangers involved in driving for work to both employers and employees.
If an employee is driving for work it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure they are fully qualified, capable and enabled to carry out this work task safely.
The advert is shown from the employers view point in the aftermath of a collision, involving an employee, while driving for work. The employers express their regret, sorrow and guilt for not having managed employee risks correctly.
The core message is simple, if you are driving for work, you’re at work!
Employers are legally required to put safe systems of work in place that support safe driving for work . If not,there could be serious consequences for employers and employees and other road users.
This advert is based on and has been adapted from a successful Canadian campaign run by WorkSafe British Columbia.
The Health and Safety Authority has developed a free online course on ‘Managing Driving for Work’ in partnership with An Garda Síochána and the Road Safety Authority. The objective of the course is to educate employers about safe driving for work practices and the benefits of implementing driving for work risk management practices.
More detailed information and resources on how to manage driving for work can be downloaded for free from www.drivingforwork.ie