A study of 400 companies reported in the IOSH Magazine has found that 21% had no road safety policy.
The research, conducted by TomTom, also found that 60% of companies with five employees or more reported staff members had been involved in road traffic accidents while driving for business. Seventy-eight per cent of these claimed this resulted in lost productivity due to injury or time off work.
Two thirds of the senior managers surveyed said that they had processes to profile the risks posed by individual drivers, based on factors such as driving behaviour or previous convictions.
Similar numbers provided driving training and of those that did, 38% provided it once every six months or less frequently. Just over half provide drivers with technological tools or driver aids to help them drive more safely.
Driving is one of the most high risk activities the majority of your workers will conduct as part of their job but is too often seen as a poor relation to workplace health and safety.
A proactive approach to road safety can deliver further business benefits. By employing technology to monitor driver behaviour and providing drivers with live feedback, supported by targeted coaching and training, it is possible to reduce fuel spend, cut insurance premiums and boost productivity.
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