In 2017, Road Safety At Work Week is March 6 to 10. This event is an opportunity for BC workplaces to improve awareness and adoption of road safety practices. Each year, Road Safety At Work Week focuses on a key aspect of workplace driving by providing tools, resources, even online courses that employers, managers and supervisors can use to build or improve safety programs.
This year, the focus is on the responsibilities organizations have for employees who drive their own vehicles for work.
Definition of an employee-owned vehicle
Employee-owned vehicles include vehicles that are owned or leased by the employee (their name is on the vehicle registration/insurance). The term also refers to vehicles that an employee rents or borrows or otherwise has “ownership” accountabilities.
Most BC businesses – 75 per cent – understand that they have legal responsibilities for employee safety when employees drive a company vehicle for work. However, fewer – only 59 per cent – understand that their legal responsibilities extend to employees who drive their own vehicles for work.1
The fact is employers are responsible for employee safety when employees drive for work no matter who owns the vehicle they drive. This is because if it is used for work, a vehicle is a workplace and without exception, employers are responsible for employee safety in the workplace.
Safety policies and procedures
Whether their employees drive their own vehicles for work every day or only occasionally, such as to pick up supplies, meet with a client or attend a meeting, every employer must have safety policies and procedures in place.
This includes checking periodically to ensure each employee has a valid driver’s licence and that their vehicle is maintained in good working order. All it takes is one unguarded moment, one small mistake, and the consequences could be life-altering both for an employee and his or her organization.
Employees also responsible
Employees are also on the hook when they are behind the wheel for work. Whether they drive a company vehicle or their own, they must drive safely at all times and know and follow applicable driving laws as well as company policies and procedures. For example, if a company prohibits using hands-free cellphones when workers drive for work, employees must comply even when they use their own vehicle for work.
On this website
On this site, you will find resources that explain workplace road safety responsibilities. There are quizzes to test your knowledge, practical guides to help you decipher the Regulations and Acts that govern road safety in the workplace and tools to help you comply with requirements. There is also a free online course to help you learn more about employer road safety responsibilities.
If you are a driver, you will find information about your responsibilities too. You’ll also find practical things you can do to get involved in Road Safety At Work Week.
1 Road Safety Work Week post campaign survey, March 2016
Why participate in Road Safety At Work Week
Strong road safety programs have been proven to help companies reduce crashes and avoid costly downtime. More importantly, fewer crashes mean fewer injuries, fewer WorkSafeBC claims and fewer lost work days. Make a commitment to improving the road safety of your workplace now. Road safety is smart business!