Under the new Health & Safety at Work Act 2015, every employee, from owners to drivers in a business, belongs to the Chain of Responsibility and have a primary duty of care to ensure their own and other employee's health and safety at work. They must exercise due diligence to assure that the organisation complies with that duty. And they must take reasonable steps to ensure that they are kept informed of risks and hazards.
Ensuring duty of care is particularly challenging when you have a mobile workforce, as a vehicle is considered a workplace. To implement and monitor policies around mobile workforce safety, you must have in place a workable health and safety policy.
- How will your business maintain a safe and healthy workplace for all staff?
- What procedures will be used to achieve this and who is assigned responsibility?
- How can employees comply with the policy?