The next step involves applying your understanding of the driving-related hazards employees face, and taking action to address them. The main elements of the DO step are:
- determining which controls and measures will be most effective in reducing exposure to the identified hazards
- developing those controls and measures
- implementing them
- tracking the results
Establish Effective Controls
Controls are the measures used to eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards, and to protect workers from harm. You may want to build controls from scratch, or adapt existing ones to fit the driving circumstances in your workplace.
Focus on Drivers
Whether you call them skills, qualifications or competencies, it's important to know that employees who drive for work have what it takes to safely complete their driving assignments. That applies equally whether they drive their own vehicle for work, or they drive a company vehicle.
Apply Journey Management
Proactively managing the driving employees do is a key way to reduce risk. These resources will help you apply a journey management process that avoids unnecessary driving, and use trip plans and check-ins when driving is necessary. TripCheck is a quick, interactive online tool with ready-to-use features.
Use Safe Vehicles
The third cornerstone of road safety - the vehicles employees drive for work - is the easiest exposure to manage. Selecting vehicles that are fit for purpose, properly inspecting, maintaining and repairing them promptly will minimize the risk that work vehicles will contribute to a crash.
You may have a world-class road safety program, but it isn’t worth much if employees or team members don’t know about it or don’t understand their role in it. That is why effective communication is an essential component of any successful road safety plan.
Provide Necessary Supervision
Employers must provide employees with the supervision necessary to ensure their safety. Being a supervisor means more than explaining expectations and making sure performance meets standards. An effective supervisor is also a good communicator, motivator and role model who helps employees safely accomplish their driving assignments.