Plan your participation now
Each year, Road Safety At Work Week offers 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.
A vehicle is a workplace
Employers have the same legal obligations for employee safety regardless of who owns the vehicle their employees drive. Fleet van or personal sedan, if a vehicle is used for work, it is a workplace. That means employers are responsible for employee safety just as they are when an employee is working on a construction site, in a hospital or beside a highway.
- Confirm employee-owned vehicles are fit for purpose, regularly inspected and properly maintained.
- Provide employees with instruction, training and supervision necessary to ensure their safety.
- Confirm employees know and follow company safe driving policies and procedures.
- Know and obey applicable traffic laws.
- Take steps to ensure their safety and the safety of their passengers.
- Follow company safe work policies and procedures.
- Not drive or work if impaired by alcohol, drugs or any other means.
- Report work-related hazards to their supervisor or employer.
An employee must also make sure their vehicle is licensed, insured, operated and maintained in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Act and its Regulations, and other statutes if the vehicle is used for commercial purposes.
How to participate
- Print or download road safety materials from Road Safety At Work Week and share them with your workers
- Use this tailgate guide to conduct safety talks with team members
- Encourage employees to take a quiz and then discuss it at a safety meeting
- Conduct safety checks of the vehicles your employees drive for work and review their insurance coverage and driving records
- Check out other ways to participate
Road Safety at Work is an initiative of WorkSafeBC and the Justice Institute of BC to promote work-related road safety. Follow it on Twitter @RoadSafeAtWork and use #RSAWWeek to join the conversation.