e-scooters as an approved form or work transport
Hi, has anyone looked at any policies around the use of e-scooters as an approved form of work transport? From an environmental perspective they are a potentially good alternative to getting around urban areas but a bit dodgy from a safety perspective. I would be interested to hear if this issue has arisen at your workplace and what decisions have been made around their use,
National HSW Manager, Stuff
We have a couple of E-bikes, no scooters. The bikes are constantly booked out and people enjoy using them. We produced a Safe Work Method Statement and train out to any staff who wish to use the bikes. We have an online booking for the E-Bikes. We have a regular maintenance program for the bikes. We do let our staff use at weekends too, so long as they have had the training.
Are you considering using publicly available scooters or buying your own? If the former, then e-scooters have a plethora of in-built safety features to meet most Council's risk-adverse policies. If the latter, than you could probably get hold of a Council policy and make sure your procurement methods stipulate the same in-built safety features.
I personnally don't believe e-scooters are any better or worse than any other transport. It's how you use, or abuse, them that causes issues and given your workers won't be riding drunk after a big night out (hoepfully) I'm not sure why they would be seen as "dodgy".
We have a fleet of E-Scooters, along with E-Bikes that folk can use to get ot various meetings around the city. While I believe society is in a learngin phase with the scooters in particular I have we have determined that no additional policies or rules were necessitated for them. How we got to this point is longer than i can put in this post, however our Critical Risk Rules - Transportion incorporated their issues adequately. The only additional information we've put together is some 'equipment orientation' material.
Thanks for the input ... it has given me some ideas!
Thanks Cathy, would def be public use scooters so good points tks ... I had checked out the councils and they have some quite detailed info around all this ...
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