Influence a sustainable reduction in the numbers of people killed or seriously injured or who suffer illness as a result of driving for work in all economic sectors
This handbook has been jointly developed by An Garda Síochána, the Health and Safety Authority and the Road Safety Authority as a tool for working drivers to help them understand and manage the risks that they face and create when driving for work. It will help working drivers make safer choices about the way they drive and behave around vehicles. This is a guidance document. Using the information given should help you to comply with your statutory duties in respect of safe driving for work practices. The document is not exhaustive and provides information, in no particular order, on the main risks that working drivers may encounter, as part of their work practices. All information contained in this document is accurate at the time of publication. It is the responsibility of the reader to update his/herself regularly on any changes to Road Traffic or Safety, Health and Welfare at Work legislation that may be relevant to driving for work. More detailed information on general road safety topics can be found at www.garda.ie or www.rsa.ie. Information on worker safety, health and welfare can be found at www.hsa.ie. We acknowledge input from the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents [ROSPA UK] in partnership with DBDA UK, and the Electricity Supply Board [ESB] for concept and reproduction of certain content.
The purpose of this website to make working drivers aware of some of the main risks that they may face or create while driving for work. In terms of understanding how to manage the risks, the handbook outlines what is required of a driver in terms of his or her, vehicle, journey and driving behaviours. In addition it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to do to help keep you safe from avoidable harm. This handbook will help you work with your employer to avoid preventable incidents and injuries to yourself, your passengers and other people when driving for work. It should be used with your employer’s driving for work policies and procedures. Driving is an essential part of work life for many people. It can be enjoyable and pleasant, but it can also be stressful and dangerous. Driving is one of the most dangerous activities that people do. Every year in Ireland many people are killed and seriously injured while driving for work. Thousands suffer serious injury each year. Most of these horrific incidents were preventable.