Updated and refreshed guide to best practice when driving and operating vehicles for work
AN updated version of the comprehensive MPA Driver’s Handbook is now available, putting every aspect of good practice in one place, as part of the Mineral Products Association’s drive towards Vision Zero.
Designed for easy reference, the Handbook has been developed by the members of the MPA Transport Committee and Health and Safety Committee, as a tool for working drivers to help them understand and manage the risks that they face and create when driving and operating vehicles for work.
With more than 100 pages of practical advice, it will help people make safer choices about the way they drive and behave around vehicles and outlines what is required of a driver in terms of their vehicle, journey, and driving behaviours. In addition, it deals with emergency situations and gives practical advice on what to do to help keep safe from avoidable harm.
Dave Hart, chairman of the MPA Transport Group and supply chain director for Cemex UK & France North, said: ‘I am delighted to share the updated MPA Driver Handbook, which has been reviewed and refreshed by the MPA Transport Committee.
‘The Handbook – available in hard copy or digitally – is a guidance document to help understand and manage risks faced when driving and operating vehicles and to avoid preventable incidents and injuries to yourself and other people when driving for work.‘The Handbook has been refreshed with the latest Highway Code changes and will help ensure compliance with statutory duties in respect of safe driving and work practices. Driving and operating vehicles is one of the most hazardous activities that we undertake, and the purpose of this Handbook is to provide guidance on what is required of a driver in terms of the vehicle, journey, and driving behaviours and to be used in an organization’s driving for work policies and procedures.’
The MPA says this is a significant publication and members are asked to promote it within their own fleets and beyond, so that all relevant drivers in the supply chain are covered. The Handbook will also continue to play a major role in MPQC’s SSA course for drivers and will be accessible via MP Connect.