Review use of mobiles in company vehicles, merchants urged

Published:  03 June, 2009

KETTERING: Construction businesses must carry out risk assessments on the use of mobile phones in company vehicles and consider banning them.

That is the recommendation from training company Pivotal Performance, which trains managers how to undertake thorough risk assessments.

Its health and safety experts believe recent high profile road death cases could trigger a future change in the law.

"Smart businesses should be weighing up the risks now and may decide to ban the use of mobiles while driving," said Jane Gillham.

"A good risk assessment doesn't just look at what you have to do to stay within the law. It helps you protect your staff as much as you can without significantly interfering with day-to-day operations.

"Just because hands-free kits are legal doesn't mean companies should allow staff to use them.

"Companies may decide from their own assessments that they would prefer their staff to stop their car and switch off the engine to make or take phone calls.

"If they do decide this, they should have a written policy in place and ensure all staff on clear about what is expected of them," she added.

The recommendation follows the recent court case of a sales director who was found guilty of careless driving, after crashing and killing another driver while using a legal hands-free phone.

For further information, visit the Pivotal Performance site.

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