Occupational Road Risk Charter - Quotes

The Charter is a leadership statement, and by signing the Occupational Road Risk Management Charter the CEO or MD is making a commitment to their organisation to meet strategic challenges 1 and 2, set out in the Occupational Road Risk Management (ORRM) section of Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway (LHSBR). 

The Charter provides an opportunity for rail sector leaders to collaborate and has been developed as a common framework to work with the LHSBR ORRM collaboration arrangements. Each rail sector has appointed a Road Risk representative, and some rail sectors have also established their own road risk groups.  These forums are already delivering increased awareness of the need to share good practice, and to participate in joint collaboration programmes that provide mutual benefit for all.

You can download a copy of your sector's signed charter, to print and display at work, from a link at the bottom of this page.


The Rail Industry
Occupational Road Risk Management Charter

We acknowledge that:

  • It is the legal responsibility of all employers to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of their employees, contractors and those affected by their operations.
  • It is the legal responsibility of all employers to ensure that they do not harm or endanger the public, passengers or others.

We note that:

  • Within the rail industry many people, including our employees, are seriously harmed through road risk activities.

We believe that Road Risk can best be mitigated by:

  • Having a structured approach to controlling this risk.
  • Having written processes and procedures which are assured.
  • Independent monitoring of the application of these processes and procedures to ensure they are applied diligently and consistently.

We will therefore:

  • Support commitment to the National Highways – Driving for Better Business programme
  • Ensure that our suppliers and subcontractors also demonstrate compliance with this programme.
  • Undertake independent annual assessment against this programme.
  • Contribute to the further development of the programme.


Driving for Better Business is a National Highways programme, to address rising casualty levels of those using the roads for work purposes. It is backed by the Department for Transport and the Office of Rail and Road. The programme works on the simple idea that all employers have a primary role to play in the safety of their employees who drive for work purposes. It provides information and resources to help employers make effective interventions with their drivers and their vehicles, to improve safety. The vision is 'a world where those who drive for work do so safely, efficiently, and sustainably'.

DfBB also works in partnership with the HSE and promotes the minimum legal standard for managing driving at work by providing the foundation to achieve compliance with legislation, guidance and good practice through a 7-step process, supported with:

  • Online assessment of work-related road risks
  • Guidance and resources for each step
  • Examples of good practice, including:
  • driving at work policies
  • measuring and monitoring performance.

Good management of employees who drive for work purposes, and work vehicles provide benefits to organisations such as reduced fuel use, incident rates, CO2 emissions, maintenance and insurance costs, and staff turnover.

The programme recognises those organisations who show good leadership in managing work-related road risk, and a number of suppliers to the rail industry are already part of the DfBB Community and network.

Currently, over 1,100 organisations are registered who collectively manage more than 1.1m drivers - improving safety, efficiency and sustainability on the roads.