Health, Safety & Environmental BulletinBulletins highlight issues that will be experienced throughout the industry, and prove a useful tool to encourage the raising of standards and awareness of health and safety issues industry wide. No 489
12 November 2015
Food For Thought
Please see enclosed safety message regarding safe driving, shared with us by Shell.
When driving always keep your focus on the road, never attempt to use a mobile phone/device whilst driving. If you need to make a call or check a map, pull over and stop the vehicle in a safe place to do so (not motorway hard shoulders).
If you are using a satellite navigation system, set it up before you move off, don’t try to enter details into it whilst driving. Any paperwork or materials in the driver cabin should be secured to ensure it does not move and become a distraction, or become a projectile if you have to stop suddenly.
It is illegal to use a hand held mobile phone whilst driving (even if you are stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic), with automatic fixed penalties of 3 points and £100 fine. Should the case go to court you could be disqualified and get a fine of £1000.
The latest statistics from the Department for Transport show that 1713 people were killed on the roads in 2013, that’s an average of 5 deaths per day. 26% of these fatalities had failure to look properly as a contributory factor, and 35% were loss of control.