Mental health and driver safety examined in new white paper

A new white paper examining the connection between mental health and driver safety at work has been launched by Venson Automotive Solutions.

Titled ‘It’s good to talk: caring about mental health’, the white paper looks at the causes and symptoms of stress, in relation to driving behaviour at work and dealing with productivity demands and increasing workloads.

The white paper highlights that employees suffering from stress are 50% more likely to drive dangerously. This underlines the need for employers to consider stress and mental health as a key focus of their driver safety policy.

Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people undertake, ranking as more dangerous than working in the construction industry and being on a par with mining, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the risk management partner of Venson Automotive Solutions.

RoSPA says that employers “should include” driving for work within the scope of their stress risk assessments and the Mental Health Foundation says that with van drivers experiencing an increased rate of poor mental health “we need to create a culture in which anyone experiencing problems can ask for help in the knowledge that they will be supported.”

Simon Staton, Director of Client Management for Venson Automotive Solutions, said: “Managing the driver, vehicle and journey are the main areas employers need to focus on, when it comes to the safety of their drivers, but all too often mental health is overlooked.

“This white paper outlines the challenges facing businesses, and asks them to question if their drivers are sufficiently fit and healthy to drive safely and not put themselves and others at risk.”

To download a copy of the white paper ‘It’s good to talk: caring about mental health’ from Venson Automotive Solutions visit https://www.venson.com/media/ViewWhitePaper/32

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