A safety expert has warned that failure by many pharmacy employers to address their legal health and safety obligations relating to staff driving at work is leaving them with legal and financial consequences.
Dr Jim Golby, from Applied Driving Techniques (ADT) and a member of the European Transport Safety Council’s Expert Panel, warns that in addition to vehicle-related incidents being both financially and operationally damaging to the business, driving at work is a “dangerous and risk-associated activity”.
He says: “Nothing can be more important than protecting our staff and hence there are significant ramifications for employers who fail to take Work Related Road Risk (WRRR) and the fulfilment of their Health and Safety at Work, Duty of Care and Corporate Manslaughter related obligations seriously.”
Proactively addressing their ‘health and safety at work’ obligations will also help employers save time and money and improve operational efficiency as well as control rising insurance costs.
“As the nation braces for a winter of COVID-19 and the availability of public transport being curtailed becomes more apparent, WRRR has become even more important,” says Dr Golby.
He adds: “Post Lockdown, the increase in new employees using their own (Grey Fleet) vehicle for business journeys will only increase the overall risks to both employers and employees.
“Employers must make sure these staff have a valid driving licence, business insurance for their own vehicle and a risk assessment undertaken,” he says.
ADT, a multi-award winning WRRR Legal Compliance and Driver Safety & Accident Reduction Consultancy firm, can help pharmacy businesses by undertaking and managing all of the necessary Driver Risk Management processes from start to finish.
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