1.25 million people are killed and 50 million people are injured every year on the world’s roads. 25% of global crashes are work-related, rising to 50% if we include commuting to work. 36% of occupational deaths worldwide are due to road crashes. If we want to be more specific, it is estimated that more than 100 people are killed and seriously injured every week (!) in crashes involving someone driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work.
Every company needs to have an effectively set up health and safety system. One of the crucial parts is to have a functional road safety program. It’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure health and safe environment not only within the company but for all the work-related activities, including on-road work activities. Increased focus on road safety helps employees in many ways. How? This will be discussed at the HSE Excellence Europe 2018.
The five core pillars that companies should focus on are:
1. Corporate road safety program management – identifying program goals and developing policies
2. Safer roads and mobility – route planning and hazardous route mapping
3. Safer company vehicles – investments, upkeep, suitable turn-over, adoption of safety technologies and features, clear policies for vehicle inspection, servicing and renewal
4. Safer road users – developing and supporting corporate road safety culture and employee mindset, road safety education and motivation programs, regular driver assessment and monitoring
5. Post-crash response – suitable preparation of employees so they will respond effectively when an accident occurs, post-crash reporting, investigation to collect data on why the accident happened and how it could have been avoided
So why should companies care about employees’ road safety? Because the private sector has the power to make a significant impact on road safety. Because people’s lives are at stake. You can help to reduce the every-year increasing number of road accident victims. How? By adopting safe transportation policies and practices with a focus on your employees’ education.
At the 12th annual HSE Excellence Europe conference (15 – 17 May 2018, Lisbon), Brian Darlington, Group Head of Safety and Health of Mondi Group, Austria, will come to share his knowledge on what are the ways of training and educating your people to drive safely and responsibly.
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