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What’s considered “driving for work” and is it a workplace safety issue?
The Health and Safety Authority define driving for work to include any person who drives on a road as part of their work either in:
A company vehicle; or
Their own vehicle and receives an allowance from their employer for miles driven.
Commuting to work is not classified as driving for work, except where the person’s journey starts from their home and they are travelling to a work location that is not their normal place of work.
Because of the potential risk to the driver, other road users and others if vehicles are not driven safely, the Health and Safety Authority and the Road safety Authority have collaborated to produce this guidance on “Safe Driving for Work”
What are the other main safety points I need to consider before driving for work?
Before driving for work, you need to assess:
You must always follow the requirements below when driving:
Is there a vehicle safety assessment form?
To help Units who do have workplace vehicles in use for their employees, this RSA checklist (HYPERLINK) is useful to assess the vehicle(s) and thereby assisting in reducing the risk of road traffic accidents. http://rsa.ie/Documents/Tachograph_Enf/Driving%20for%20Work%20CD%20Rom/Daily_Work_Checklist_Form.pdf
What about using a Mobile Phone while driving?
The Road Safety Authority has published a short guide on the use of mobile phones while driving. The guide, Mobile Phones and Driving (HYPERLINK), points out that it is illegal to hold a mobile phone in your hand while driving. The only time you can use a mobile when driving is to dial 112 (999). The guide advises against the use of hands free kit system when driving, as they will distract the driver. If you must use your mobile phone, the guide states that you should stop your car. If you are caught using a mobile phone while driving, you will get two penalty points on your licence and have to pay a €60 fine. The guide can be downloaded from the RSA website, http://www.rsa.ie/Documents/Road%20Safety/Leaflets/Leaf_booklets/RSA_Mobile_DL.pdf
Is there other guidance?
NUI Galway Safety Statement guidance ��" later link
Back Care and Driving (HYPERLINK http://www.csp.org.uk/uploads/documents/csp_publicinfo_csp84.pdf)