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A Presentation for Safety Committees, Employers, Supervisors and Workers Who Drive.

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1 A Presentation for Safety Committees, Employers, Supervisors and Workers Who Drive

2 Presentation Overview Driving is a workplace safety issue Workers who drive are at significant risk Your responsibilities Strategies to reduce the risks of winter driving for fleet and grey fleet drivers Shift Into Winter campaign Resources Questions

3 3 Work and winter driving can be hazardous Motor-vehicle incidents (MVIs) are a leading cause of work-related deaths in B.C. Vehicle collisions in B.C. double between October and December Winter conditions (including rain) can be challenging even for experienced commercial and occupational drivers Employers, supervisors, workers and safety committees can take steps to reduce the risks

4 4 Everyone is responsible for safety Motor vehicles are workplaces Make sure you know your health and safety responsibilities: -Employers: establish, deliver and maintain an OHS program that addresses driving risks -Supervisors: instruct drivers in safe work procedures -Drivers: be safe on the roads; follow all laws and workplace safety rules; report unsafe conditions Committees: identify and address driving and winter driving issues in your workplace

5 5 Manage the risks Employers, supervisors, drivers and safety committees: consider ways in which to eliminate / reduce / manage road risk Is the risk worth it? Determine if winter driving is absolutely necessary Explore business alternatives (phone, email, tele/video-conferencing, public transportation)

6 6 Employers: manage the risks Develop control measures: - where possible, eliminate / reduce travel by car - plan safer trips (consider the weather, time of day and reducing distances for longer trips) - ensure vehicles are maintained and equipped with necessary safety equipment - train drivers, develop winter specific driving policies Develop safety measures for your grey fleet Provide a supportive work environment that promotes safe driving behaviours

7 7 If you or your staff must drive... Always check weather / travel conditions before you drive: DriveBC Environment Canada Online and broadcast media sources If you have to drive, drive smart: Prepare yourself / your staff Prepare your vehicle / your fleet vehicles Drive for conditions

8 8 Drivers: prepare yourself for winter driving Learn winter driving skills Develop a positive driving attitude Check weather conditions Plan your route ahead of time Anticipate delays Driving is a complex task: be focused on the road Follow working-alone procedures where applicable Slow down!

9 9 Prepare your vehicle*/company vehicles Vehicles should be tuned up before winter Install four matched winter tires (look for the mountain and snowflake logo) Carry chains if you do not have winter tires Install new winter wiper blades Clear frost from all windows and snow / ice from all vehicle surfaces before your trip Carry a cell phone (and charging cable) Pack a winter survival kit *If you drive a personal car for work

10 10 Drive for the conditions Slow down: drop speed to match conditions Maintain a safe following distance (the 4-second rule) Watch for / anticipate black ice (+4°C to -4°C) Accelerate and brake slowly Know how to handle a skid Dont use cruise control Be visible: always drive with your headlights on.

11 11 Winter Driving Safety Alliance

12 12 Shift into Winter campaign

13 13 Shift into Winter campaign

14 14 Shift into Winter: tip sheets

15 15 Tip sheets

16 16 Checklist

17 For more information

18 Review Manage road risk in your workplace Vehicle collisions increase during winter Avoid /postpone driving in poor weather conditions Take changing conditions into account when planning a work trip Prepare your vehicle (or fleet) Prepare yourself (or your drivers) Slow down and drive for the conditions Shift into Winter!

19 For more information

20 Questions?

21 The Occupational Road Safety Partnership The Occupational Road Safety Partnership was formed in 2009 by WorkSafeBC and the BCAA Road Safety Foundation. The mission of the partnership is to: Create awareness about the significant risks associated with work- related driving. Engage stakeholders to take action. Assist B.C. employers to improve work-related driving safety. For more information visit (January 2012)

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