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Company drivers should be risk assessed annually

Companies operating vehicle fleets should be risk assessing their drivers at least once a year.

That's according to E-Training World's managing director, Graham Hurdle, who says that an annual assessment is not only a vital health and safety discipline, it also sends a clear message to all drivers that their behaviour and ability is being monitored – and this leads to less accidents and a culture of safer driving.

Graham’s view echos that of Andrew Wetters, policy advisor workplace transport at the Health and Safety Executive, who told a seminar organised by ACFO (the association of car fleet operators) last year that employers should conduct driver risk assessments at least annually.

“At E-Training World our risk assessment covers a driver’s attitude, knowledge, concentration & observation, and their hazard perception skills,” said Graham.

“Profiling drivers in this way has a number of key functions. It enables companies to risk assess drivers in the workplace for health and safety purposes, giving them a high, medium or low rating. It defines each driver’s training needs, and it also places a focus on safe driving and accident reduction across the business.

“In fact, most businesses see an immediate reduction in accidents the moment they start profiling – even before they carry out any form of training - because drivers are more careful, knowing that they are being monitored, and they learn from the assessment process.”

E-Training World’s driver profiling and e-driver training systems cover all major vehicle types including cars/small vans, large vans (3.5-7.5T), HGVs (over 7.5T), PCVs (bus and coach), and minibuses.

Assessing at-work drivers, including ‘grey fleet’ drivers, which are those who use their own private car for business use, has become commonplace in most businesses, yet Graham explains that some haven’t yet instilled a culture of conducting them annually.

“We’ve seen incredible progress in the duty of care that companies are showing towards drivers in recent years,” said Graham. “But there are some quite broad variances in the frequency that companies carry out risk assessments.

“Our advice would be to make this an annual event so that you can keep tight control over your occupational road risk, save money through less accidents and build a culture of safe driving as a result.”

For more information, call 0845 2607998 and ask for Jonathan Mosley or email