British Safety Council launch Safe Driving at Work qualification
By Kyle Lindsay
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:30
Helping workers stay safe on the road
New safety qualification designed for people driving at work
The British Safety Council has launched a new qualification to help people who drive as part of their work stay safe on the roads.
The Level 2 Award in Safe Driving at Work provides learners with key knowledge of the hazards and risks associated with driving. It equips vehicle users with valuable guidance on the measures available for reducing these risks, such as vehicle inspection, behaviour and defensive driving.
As we have previously reported, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states up to a third of all road traffic accidents in Britain involve someone in work-related activity. In 2013, according to government figures, 1,713 people died on the road, with the total number of casualties standing at 183,670.
The Ofqual-regulated qualification, which is designed to be delivered by employers or training organisations, instructs learners on a range of topics including the particular risks associated with vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, the importance of regular vehicle safety checks and how to adapt driving style in response to changes in driving conditions or the actions of others.
Alex Botha, the British Safety Council’s Chief Executive, said: Simple steps can be taken by employers and drivers to manage and reduce this risk. Our new Level 2 Award in Safe Driving at Work provides learners with all the essential knowledge to help them stay safe on the roads. Learners can expect to leave the qualification with a thorough knowledge of the main risks posed by driving – whether to themselves or other road users – and how to reduce them.”