Fleet News

HSE plans autumn launch for work-related safety guidance

THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced plans to publish its generic guidance for employers on work-related road safety this autumn.

Speaking at the Best of the Best conference, in association with the road safety charity Brake, Sharan Bains, head of work-related road safety policy at the Safety Policy Directorate for the HSE, highlighted the Executive's plans.

She said: 'As long as there are no unforeseen glitches, we should be publishing the guidance in early September. The guidance is generic rather than detailed. It aims to alert employers to the issues they need to address when developing and implementing a risk management policy tailored to their particular circumstances.'

The HSE is working in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police, setting up a 'memorandum of understanding'.

As the HSE does not have the facilities to deal with enforcing such guidelines, it may have to be enforced by the police, experts claim. In terms of reconciling road safety and health and safety law, Bains said the HSE would try to create a balance between accident prevention and risk prevention.

Additional challenges facing the Executive also include creating a balance between employer duties and employee personal responsibility.

Bains said the guidance would put employers and others on alert as to their duties under health and safety at work law, and raise the public profile and awareness of key issues. However, she insisted there would be no immediate changes as the industry would need time to 'put its house in order', while the HSE also needed time to prepare.

Coinciding with the HSE announcement, a seminar held in conjunction with the Society of Operations Engineers and the British Standards Institute (BSI), issued guidelines on preventing prosecution under the proposed new corporate killing legislation, due at about the same time as the HSE guidelines are published. David Smith, chairman of BSI committee, HS/1, said: 'Companies need to understand the risks and responsibilities and identify hazards, estimate the likelihood of harm, estimate the degree of harm and determine the appropriate risk control measures.

'Life is full of risks but some are acceptable and some are not. Risk management is about not getting bogged down in compliance issues. It's showing due diligence and finding the safest way of working.'

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee