The Value of Driver Awareness and Safety Training for Employees

By Jacklyn Dixon

Posted Mar 25th, 2020 in Tips & News

The National Safety Council states that driving is the most dangerous part of an employee’s day. Depending on the size of your business, one accident could result in a loss of productivity, finances, and most importantly, the health of an employee. Providing safety and awareness training to any employee that spends time on the road, even if it’s just the commute to and from work, can help them to stay safe and keeps your business operating as usual.

Provide reliable vehicles for drivers
If you have any employees who are drivers or are required to do a lot of driving as part of their role, supplying them with a work vehicle means that you know what they’re driving is safe and reliable, which reduces the risk of accidents. As an employer, this means you’re responsible to maintain the vehicle and ensure any work that needs doing is completed promptly. It’s always a good idea to stock all vehicles with a first aid kit, a blanket, and water so that if a driver has an accident or breaks down they have access to items that can help them. If drivers are using their own vehicles, you should still supply them with these essentials to help keep them safe. It’s also a good idea to encourage them to regularly check their own vehicles themselves. Providing some basic information on how to do this may be required.

Training following an accident 
If an employee has had a recent accident on the road, particularly if it was during work hours, it can really knock their confidence. Regular awareness and safety training are important for all employees, even if they’ve got years of experience and a good driving record, but it can become even more important following an accident. It can help drivers to identify what they may have been doing wrong and how they can improve their safety on the road going forward. The information is more likely to have an impact as they’ve already had an accident and will want to avoid any more. 

Delivering training
There are several different ways to deliver driver safety and awareness training. Paying for employees to go to a seminar or having a trainer come to you means they get expert advice and tips. However, not all businesses can afford to do this or may only have one or two employees who would need this type of training, so it wouldn’t be cost-effective. Employers can easily access information online and put together their own training to drivers. Information should come from official organizations and include practical advice, such as how wearing a seat belt can reduce injuries and save lives and how much more likely an accident is when drivers are using their phones. Having company policies in place can also help to enforce these, such as if an employee is caught on their phone while driving, it may result in them losing their job or receiving a warning. 

When someone spends a lot of time on the road for work it’s easy to become too comfortable and let standards slip, which is why regular safety and awareness training is crucial to keep everyone safe. Workplace Safety Group has been keeping Ontario businesses safe for many years with an extensive range of occupational health and safety training courses. Call 1.866.347.7707 for help with your safety requirements and safety plans. 

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