If you have employees who drive for work purposes, do you know you are just as responsible for their safety when they are behind the wheel driving for work as when they are in the office, on the shop floor or on a construction site? Do you know you are also responsible for their safety, whether they use a company vehicle or on their own when they drive for work?
In Canada, there are a number of provincial and federal acts and regulations that govern road safety in the workplace. However, different ones apply depending on the business and where it operates, so it is important to understand which ones apply to your business. It is also important to understand how to comply with these regulations.
Why Road Safety Matters
As a business owner in BC, understanding and complying with the regulations under which you operate – including road safety regulations – is the way you get to stay in business.
Road safety regulations exist to help businesses prevent workplace crashes and the human, financial and liability costs they incur. In many cases, the regulations were created to address practices and circumstances that contributed to worker injuries and deaths in the past.
Today, many businesses are finding that effective road safety programs pay for themselves many times over by both preventing crashes and avoiding the associated costs of injuries, lost time, increased assessment fees and insurance premiums.
In addition, a strong safety program lets your employees know you care about them, and increases their engagement with your corporate culture. It can also help your business attract and retain the best and the brightest employees, which can be a strong competitive advantage.
Fundamentally, road safety is smart business.
Road Safety at Work Week
Road Safety at Work Week is March 7 to 11, 2016, making now the perfect time to take action to improve road safety in your business. This event encourages BC businesses to improve their road safety practices, as motor vehicle crashes are a serious workplace issue in the province. In fact, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace fatalities in BC.
Where to Begin and What to Do
You can get involved in Road Safety at Work Week by:
- Taking a free online course to help you get started.
- Creating or revising driving-for-work policies and procedures using this handy guide. If you have employees who drive their own cars for work, check out the sample policy for employees who use their own vehicles for work and customize it to suit your circumstances and needs.
- Using the tailgate meeting guide to plan safety meetings during the Week. Distribute information to your employees who drive to make sure they know their responsibilities when they are behind the wheel for work.
- Checking out other ways to participate in Road Safety at Work Week.
Making road safety a priority may be tough given everything else on your plate, such as budgets to manage, operations to run and employees to supervise, especially if you have not had any huge issues and your crash record is pretty good.
However, do not be lulled into complacency just because a crash or problem has not happened yet. All it takes is one serious crash to damage your hard-earned reputation and your bottom line.
Visit roadsafetyatwork.ca for more information.
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