Employee responsibilities

WorkSafeBC assigns health and safety rights and responsibilities to any employee who drives at any time for work purposes in B.C. Your rights and responsibilities apply whether you drive full-time, part-time, or just occasionally, even to make a sales call or go to a client’s home once a week to provide health care. They also apply if your job requires you to be a passenger in a work vehicle.

Your rights

If you drive for work or are a passenger driven for work, your basic rights include

  • The right to know about driving-related hazards you may encounter
  • The right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace
  • The right to refuse unsafe work

Your responsibilities

You have a role in keeping yourself and anyone else in a work vehicle safe. Your responsibilities include:

  • Taking reasonable care to protect the health and safety of yourself and others who may be affected by your actions or omissions at work
  • Following health and safety provisions and regulations as well as your organization’s safe work procedures and obeying all traffic laws at all times
  • Being alert to driving-related hazards and reporting them to your supervisor or employer
  • Never working under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or if you're overly tired
  • Properly using the protective clothing and equipment your employer provides

Your shared responsibilities

Staying safe at work is a collaboration between you, your employer, and your supervisor. When each of you live up to your safety responsibilities, it greatly increases the likelihood you’ll get safely through your shift. Your employer, for example, has a duty to make you aware of driving-related hazards, and you have a duty to heed the advice and direction you’re given about the hazards.

If you drive a vehicle owned by your employer, you also need to report mechanical defects and other conditions that could affect your driving safety. Your employer or supervisor needs to receive and review your reports. They also need to make necessary repairs before allowing the vehicle to be used.

Using your vehicle for work

Your safety responsibilities apply regardless of who owns a vehicle used for work. When you use your vehicle, you have some additional responsibilities. These include:

  • Ensuring the vehicle is appropriately registered, insured, operated, and maintained
  • Keeping records of insurance, inspection, and maintenance and providing them to your employer when asked

The vehicle is considered yours if you own it, are named on the registration and insurance, or leased or borrowed it. You’re responsible for any traffic violations that occur when you’re driving your own vehicle.

Meeting your safety responsibilities

Following best practices, driving laws, and your organization’s road safety policies can help you fulfill your obligations.

Road Safety at Work recommends you do the following:

  • Report unsafe or harmful conditions such as unsafe vehicles, poor road conditions, risky driving behaviours, etc.
  • Always focus on driving. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted. Don’t call or text while at the wheel, even at red lights
  • Avoid high-risk driving (speeding, tailgating, etc.)
  • Inspect the vehicle before the start of each shift. Report any issues to your supervisor or employer
  • Make any adjustments, such as shifting your seat or mirrors, before the vehicle is used
  • Keep the vehicle free of anything that could interfere with driving, such as a loose water bottle
  • Keep records of inspections, maintenance, and repairs if you use your personal vehicle for work

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