Telematics Increasing Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Posted on: 20 April 2015
  • By: interactive

Here in the UK we have some pretty stringent health and safety legislation that is designed to protect people in the workplace.  This means that every employer has a duty of care towards employees which covers a wide range of initiatives that can be taken to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of staff.  By law employers are responsible for health and safety management and must do everything that is reasonably practicable to protect the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people who may be affected by their business. 

Employers must make sure that workers and others are protected from anything that may cause harm and control any risks and hazards that could arise in the workplace.  An employer must carry out regular risk assessments in the workplace and address any hazards that could cause harm or injury.  Health and safety in the workplace has improved steadily over the years due to the strict regulations that we have in Britain and this is now one of the safest countries to work in.

New technology is another contributing factor in the improvement we’ve seen in health and safety in the workplace – computerisation and digitisation have brought communications to a whole new level, making it easier than ever to keep track of risks and hazards so that they become a rare occurrence rather than the norm. 

Driving jobs/mobile working is on the increase in the UK and anybody who owns a fleet (however large or small) will be aware that making sure the vehicles are safe to drive is one of their employer responsibilities.  However, innovative developments in software is making it easier to address the issues of health and safety for fleet drivers/mobile workers.

While we all know that telematics software is a great tool that can be used to manage fuel more efficiently, there are many other benefits that businesses may not be aware of.  The data collected by telematics software can help employers to create duty of care policies and allow them to then monitor and measure the impact of those policies.

Often when a business owner begins to analyse its data, it’s easier to appreciate the favourable impact telematics can have on duty of care policies.  While telematics are used to monitor and improve operational efficiency and performance, the system will usually be versatile enough to adapt for added health and safety advantages.

Telematics will keep records for regulatory purposes in a central place that is easy to access.  The online portal will allow business owners to prove that they are meeting their obligations in the event of an accident.  Telematics can also help employers to ascertain exactly how long lone workers are on site, provide accurate records of working hours, highlight any dangerous driving behaviour and provide alerts on the condition of vehicles.

This means that nowadays employers with a mobile or remote workforce are able to carry out accurate risk profiling and establish exactly where duty of care focus should be improved for a safer and healthier workplace.