Skip to main content

Developed and maintained by the NFCC

Control measure

Work-related road safety

Control measure knowledge

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication, Driving at work - Managing work-related road safety, contaians information to help manage the risks to drivers as part of an organisation’s health and safety arrangements.

Effective management of work-related road safety may result in:

  • Fewer injuries to drivers
  • A reduced risk of work-related ill health
  • Reduced stress and improved morale

Fire and rescue services should consider using standard messages for mobilisation; this approach may avoid implied urgency, which could adversely impact on the safety of personnel driving to a fire station or to an incident. For more information refer to Follow the standard message process.

The impact of fatigue and stress should be considered when mobilising drivers to incidents, particularly during spate conditions. Working time and driving time regulations should also be considered; this particularly relates to retained duty system (on-call) personnel who may drive commercial vehicles in their main employment.

All personnel should understand the dangers of multi-tasking while driving, and its contribution to road accidents; this may particularly apply to the lone working situation of officers driving in their vehicle to an incident.

All personnel must wear seatbelts while travelling and should avoid getting dressed or other activities which could compromise their safety.

Road safety for the public

Fire and rescue services may find it useful to provide education to members of the public on the correct actions they should take when encountering emergency vehicles on their way to an incident. It may be appropriate to work with partner agencies to deliver this information.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Manage the risks to drivers as part of their health and safety arrangements

  • Ensure drivers are mobilised to incidents in an appropriate manner

  • Ensure drivers are competent to be mobilised to incidents

  • Consider providing education to members of the public to improve road safety when they encounter emergency vehicles

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Take account of the impact of fatigue, stress, working time regulations and driving time regulations when assigning drivers to incidents

All personnel should:
  • Ensure that work-related driving is carried out in accordance with fire and rescue service policies

  • Notify the incident commander if they become unfit or unable to carry out work-related driving while attending an incident

  • Notify their fire and rescue service if they become unfit or unable to carry out work-related driving before attending an incident

  • Comply with legislation, ensure seatbelts are worn and avoid activities that could compromise their safety while travelling