Licence Check has welcomed updated Government guidance on working safely with vehicles during the Coronavirus pandemic as more businesses look to return to work.
General manager, Terry Hiles, said: “This updated guidance should be carefully noted by all those who plan a return to work and have business related drivers who satisfy the criteria set out in the new guidelines.”
These apply to couriers, mobile workers, lorry drivers, on-site transit and work vehicles and field forces, all of whom are covered in updated guidance from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
The updated document, Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID 19-Vehicles), https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/vehicles) sets out eight different areas for consideration and suggests practical steps for employers, employees and the self-employed to address specifically in relation to working in or from a vehicle.
The guidance stresses that a clear primary objective is that all employers need to assess and manage the risks of COVID-19.
“You must make sure that the risk assessment for your business addresses the risks of COVID-19, using this guidance to inform your decisions and control measures. A risk assessment is not about creating huge amounts of paperwork, but rather about identifying sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace,“ it says.
The guidance covers key areas including who should go to work; social distancing at work: managing your customers, visitors and contractors: cleaning the workplace; PPE and face coverings; workforce management and inbound and outbound goods.
The guidance also reiterates that most workers should still continue to work from home, but recognises that for certain sectors, such as construction, distribution and logistics, the nature of work will make it difficult for many workers to work remotely.
On the subject of returning to work, the guidance says that businesses need to provide clear, consistent and regular communication to improve understanding and consistency of ways of the new ways of working.
And it stresses the importance of developing communication and training materials for workers prior to returning to site, especially around new procedures for arrival at work.
Terry Hiles continued: “There are some clear guidelines that companies need to understand and follow across all eight sections of the guidance.
“For example, with regards to the section on ongoing communication to drivers, there is a paramount requirement to make sure all workers understand and apply COVID-19 related safety procedures that the company is introducing.
“Within our DAVIS platform we have the ability to submit policy documents and practical guidance to drivers, and for them to acknowledge that they have received any initial documents and any updates. Also, for them to confirm that they have understood it, thereby creating a clear audit trail.
“With regard to such new training material, it would also be possible to create a training module within our e-learning programme that clearly sets out, in video and/or written format, company policy for all drivers to see and confirm that they have understood the new policy. They could even have practical questions included to test their understanding and reinforce messages and policy,” he said.
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About Licence Check
Derby-based Licence Check Ltd is committed to improving driver risk processes and has been promoting this for more than 10 years, making checks quicker, easier and more accessible to a range of businesses from varying sectors.
DAVIS is the company’s primary application and was developed in response to the connected data movement – its purpose; to empower businesses to manage occupational road risk from a single platform. The service has evolved beyond licence checking, by integrating vehicle compliance checks, e-learning and training to provide greater transparency for those tasked with managing driver and vehicle risk in the workplace.
Licence Check is persistent in its quest to automate all conceivable occupational road risk processes, and thanks to its team of experienced in-house developers, they are uniquely placed to advance its software with the future firmly in their sights.
The company works with both private and public sector customers, including end user fleets, vehicle leasing and rental suppliers, transport and logistics companies and coach and bus operators, to name but a few, providing real-time driving licence checking solutions and driver compliance.
The company is also a founding member of the Association for Driving Licence Verification (ADLV), the trade body for driving licence checking operators.
DAVIS is a cloud software solution for driver and vehicle compliance management that automates and streamlines essential processes and ensures duty of care is addressed.
Services within DAVIS include:
- Licence Check – real time digital checking service which verifies and validates driving licences
- Grey Fleet Management – compliance solution for grey fleet drivers and vehicles
- Fleet File – compliance solution for company owned/leased vehicles
- Driver E-Learning – online assessment identifying ‘at risk’ driver and providing ongoing support and development to improve driver safety and wellbeing
Parent company, Ebbon-Dacs is well established as a provider of hosted, web-based technology solutions to the automotive contract hire and leasing community. For almost 20 years, the company has focused on connecting and automating the fleet community with an increasing range of platforms.
Its main online solutions include the market-leading e-procurement platform, Leaselink, and the vehicle delivery system, moDel, both of which are used extensively throughout the UK and increasingly in Europe.
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