Recently, we have been getting a number of simTRAC enquiries relating to both vehicle use policies and vehicle management systems.
Both of these areas have an aspect of workplace health and safety (WHS) to them. The former refers to setting expectations with staff around how vehicles are to be used, as well as what is fair in terms of personal use. The latter relates to managing the vehicles in a general sense, to ensure compliance to the standards expected for fleet vehicles in terms of WHS risk.
As we’ve outlined in a previous WHS/OH&S article, businesses must take all reasonable and practical measures to ensure workplace health and safety, and this includes fleet safety. Management must ensure the business has sufficient fleet vehicle safety systems in place, including checking licences, providing driver training, safe scheduling of work, maintaining vehicles, and monitoring driver location and unsafe driving.
If you’re putting together your driver safety procedures, a great resource to refer to is this article by Workplace OHS.
In addition to driver training, they provide a list of other considerations, many of which are vastly easier to manage with a system like simTRAC. Some of these considerations include:
- communication between drivers and the office
- dealing with breakdowns and other emergencies
- fatigue management
- first aid
- maintenance of vehicle
- periodic driver licence checking
- site traffic management
- speed limits
- use of seat belts
- vehicle roadworthiness checks
- vehicle security
With a good GPS Fleet Management System, such as simTRAC, all of this can largely be managed in the one place. This ensures your business meets best practice and can demonstrate robust fleet safety procedures, protecting employees and everyone in the chain of responsibility.
To find out more about how simTRAC can help you meet your WHS obligations (and how it pays for itself) contact simPRO.