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Health and Safety Executive to put focus on driver wellbeing at van events

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s head of transport and public service is to provide a keynote speech on driver wellbeing at this year’s Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence Operational Briefings.

This year's Van Excellence operational briefings will put the issue of driver wellbeing in the spotlight.
This year’s Van Excellence operational briefings will put the issue of driver wellbeing in the spotlight.

The briefings, in Glasgow, Oxford and Derby this April, will feature a host of expert speakers, including the HSE’s Alan Craddock, as well as Andrew Brown from the men’s mental health charity CALM, The Driving Doctor, Paul Ripley and John Sunderland-Wright, director at the NFE Group.

The aim is to highlight the benefits of good driver management and the possible risks of ignoring the human element of running a van fleet.

FTA’s head of vans, Mark Cartwright, who is hosting the events, said: “Safety is central to the Van Excellence programme and it has always placed real importance on the value of caring for the health and wellbeing of van drivers. I am extremely pleased that Alan Craddock from the HSE will be joining our group of leading experts in this field. They will be able to share the latest research and give practical advice on a variety of issues, including mental health, stress and managing an ageing workforce.”

Cartwright added: “Caring for the physical and mental health of your staff isn’t just about being a considerate employer. Drivers who get behind the wheel when they’re unwell, exhausted or distracted by personal issues are less effective and more likely to have an accident. Evidence shows that staff who are happy take fewer sick days and are more likely to stay in their jobs.

The Van Excellence team Operational Briefings are open to all organisations using vans during daily business, whether a single vehicle or a large fleet, and take place on 10 April at Celtic Park, Glasgow, 12 April at Kassam Stadium, Oxford and on 19 April at Pride Park in Derby.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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