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 ISM Services for non-profits are guiding you to become compliant in the necessary regulations relating to Driving for Work. This risk management and compliancy concerns every non-profit organisation and charity that have either employees or volunteers using their own car or company car as part of their working day and receiving travel expenses. ISM Services for non-profits are offering a free Driving for Work policy pack which is inclusive of sample templates on Driving for Work policy, risk assessment, checklist on training needs and compliance declaration. Download your pack from here ( https://www.ism.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/ISM-ProDrive-Policy-Pack-November-2019.pdf)

The pack will assist charities in their task of developing, implementing and complying with the Governance Code as required by the Charities Regulator. The pack guides an organisation to look at driving as a risk and to manage it through training.

“Driving for Work happens nearly in every organisation. Typical every day examples are an employee or a volunteer going to a meeting, doing outreach work, for example, in the field of disability, or delivering meals on wheels to the elderly or transporting service users in a youth club minibus, “ ISM Training Services Manager Paul Kenny  explains. “The common misconception is that Driving for Work only concerns professional drivers and commercial fleets. Employers and voluntary boards lack awareness and information on their duty of care under the health and safety regulations,” Kenny says and continues “as the leading driver education organisation in Ireland, we feel it is our community responsibility to heighten awareness and deliver risk management and compliance services and solutions”

ISM ProDrive is a specifically designed tool for non-profit governing bodies with employees and volunteers. ProDrive on-line training focuses to protect, reduce and minimise risk arising from driving, such as hazard perception, mobile phone use, awareness of driving speed, driver fatigue and motorway driving. ProDrive on-road training additionally includes an in-vehicle assessment of the driver’s health & safety performance.

“It is only with good training and up to date records management that organisations can achieve compliance in line with their duty of care. ISM have developed the ProDrive on-line portal specifically for the purpose to enable an organisations to factually demonstrate that they are responsible employers when it comes to driving as part of their employees working day,” Kenny states.

The road traffic laws and health and safety laws, specifically the Road Traffic Act 1961 including later amendments and the Safety, Health and Welfare at work at 2005 and associated regulations influence Driving for Work in Ireland. These are enforced by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and Health & Safety Authority (HSA). HSA in its annual report recently published and stated that vehicles were the leading cause of workplace deaths. According to HSA chief executive Dr Sharon McGuinness “the statistics show how vehicles were now the biggest threat to life in the Irish workplace” (The Irish Times, 2019) and advised “everyone to be aware of the risks posed by moving vechicles”.