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New campaign targets people driving for work

Thousands of people drive for work every day and if you’re one of them you’ll be aware of the danger involved.  

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving for work prompting The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to launch a new campaign, #OSHtober, to combat the issue.

#OSHtober will provide tips, facts, statistics and free resources about safely driving for work throughout the month.

Millions of vehicles are used for work every day – from lorries to bicycles. Driving for work contributes to far more work-related accidental deaths and serious injuries than all other work activities.

Dr Karen McDonnell, occupational safety and health policy adviser, said: “As someone who drives for work, and very often in my personal life, I recognise that driving is one of the most dangerous activities I participate in.

 “Just like within the office or on the factory floor, organisations have a duty to keep their workers safe on the road, yet a huge number of incidents still happen while someone is driving for their job.”

For more information on #OSHtober, visit www.rospa.com/oshtober

If you drive for work make sure that you:

•Check out your employer’s ‘driving at work’ policy and talk to your employer about driving assessment and training.

•Check your vehicle and make sure it is well maintained – this saves time in the long run and helps avoid accidents.

•Plan your journey well and allow yourself plenty of time – this will help avoid the temptation of speeding and trying to read maps whilst driving. It also costs you less if you don’t speed.

•Ensure that you switch off your mobile phone while travelling. If you are an employer and you call someone who is driving, you could contribute to driver distraction which could result in a crash and you could end up in prison.

•Wear a seat belt at all times. Despite contrary belief, van and goods vehicles are only exempt from wearing seat belts when making deliveries less than 50 metres apart.

•Programme your destination into a satellite navigation system before you start your journey and not when you’re already on the road.

•Don’t speed – it really isn’t worth you being fined and getting points on your licence and it’s better to arrive late than not to arrive at all!

Source: Roadwise www.roadwise.co.uk

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Posted on 1st October 2018 at 1:45 PM

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