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Driving for Work

(September 2004)

Driving is a dangerous work activity. Statistics show that about 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes.

It should be appreciated that health and safety law applies to on-the-road work activities as to all work activities and that the associated risks should be effectively managed within School/Unit health and safety arrangements and procedures.

Schools/Units must therefore asses the foreseeable risks involved to staff and other persons who are required to use the road for work and put in place reasonably practicable measures to manage those risks.

Action by Heads

Heads of Schools/Units should ensure that appropriate risk assessments are carried out for staff and any others who are required to use the road on School/Unit business. Advice and resources on all aspects of managing occupational road risk is given in the documents listed below.

Heads should also ensure that all relevant persons within their School/Unit are made aware of the following:

  • the need to verify that the vehicle insurance is valid for the purpose;
  • the legal requirements regarding the use of hand held mobile phones while driving.

Guidance Documents


Environmental Health and Safety Services contact details

University of St Andrews
Bute Building Queens Terrace
St Andrews
KY16 9TS
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462750
Fax:44 (0)1334 462747