Phase 3 | Interventions to Manage the Risks
The risk assessment should be the ongoing blueprint for managing the risk within the organisation. For any risks you identify, you should have a plan to rectify them. Some of those risks will require active interventions by the organisation.
Examples of interventions could include the following:
- Changes to policy documentation such as the driver handbook, driving at work or company car policy. In addition, the introduction and review of policies relating to mobile phones, smoking in vehicles, distractions, health and eyesight
- Changes to vehicle selection criteria – to include safety equipment or driver aids
- Vehicle checks – documentation, walkaround checks, MOT’s and defect reporting
- Vehicle operations policies regarding vehicle loading and towing
- Driver interventions such as driver licence checks, individual risk assessments and driver training.
- Journey planning to avoid bad weather, accident hotspots or avoiding the journey altogether.
- Provide training to managers to help them manage their employees consistent with the overall fleet risk strategy.
Communicate the action plan and interventions to relevant stakeholder groups both within and outside the organisation, such as suppliers or consultants.
Share information regarding the progress of activities with the entire organisation to harness a culture of fleet risk reduction. Also, ask for support with messages from senior management. Finally, make reporting available to the workforce to demonstrate the impact actions have made on the organisation and the benefits attached.
Keep records of the actions you take to mitigate risk and provide a complete audit trail in the event of a severe incident.