Presentation on theme: "Work Related Road Safety: Integrating a Risk Management Approach"— Presentation transcript:
1 Work Related Road Safety: Integrating a Risk Management Approach Presenter Darren WishartThe national Driver Fatigue Risk Management Conference 2012CRICOS No J
2 Origins of CARRS-QCentre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q) was established in 1996 as joint initiative of:QUTMotor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC)Based in the School of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of HealthPrimary role is to undertake research and training to improve safety on Queensland roads and in the workplace
3 Research Themes Regulation and Enforcement School and Community Injury PreventionVulnerable Road UsersOccupational SafetyRoad Infrastructure SafetyIntelligent Transport Systems
5 Work related road safety is a complex puzzle CrashesCultureWRRS promotionInfringement monitoringManagement commitmentEnvironmentEmployee commitmentVehiclesProceduresRisk managementPolicyReporting
6 How good a driver are you? How do you rate yourself as a driver?Poor Average ExcellentHow safe are you as a driver?Unsafe Average Extremely safe
7 Currently in your workplace today are you & your organisation managing the risk associated with vehicles and their use with the same level of diligence as other workplace hazards and equipment?
8 Road Safety WorldwideWorld wide estimates since the introduction of combustion engine:Over 18 Million people have diedOver road related deaths per year23 million injuries & disablements per yearEstimated that one road fatality and 50 injuries occur each minute, worldwide (Noy, 1997)
9 In Australia, approximately 75% of all locally produced passenger vehicles are purchased as fleet vehicles and more than half of all new vehicle registrations annually consist of fleet vehicles (AFMA, 2008).Vehicle under many jurisdictions is considered a workplace (Rowland et al., 2006).
10 Work related road safety an issue often ignored despite.... Workers compensation fatality claims demonstrating vehicle crashes are the most likely mechanism of injury, approximately three times higher than chemicals or substance (Australian Safety and Compensation Council, 2006)Average lost time greater than other workplace claims (Stewart-Bogle, 1999)Work related road crash injuries twice as likely to result in death or permanent injury (Wheatley, 1997).
11 Organisational deficiencies Organisations often take “one size fits all” approachPrimarily focus on driverFail to address deficiencies in organisational systems to support safe vehicle use (Davey et al., 2008).Fail to adequately manage risk in comparison to other workplace hazards and risks (Wishart & Davey, 2004; Rowland et al., 2005).
12 Managing RiskWithin organisations risk management strategies to ensure safety in the workplace are undertaken in a proactive mannerIn contrast with vehicles often the incident occurs before risk is assessed.
13 What is currently done in your organisation to minimise risks associated with driving for work?
14 Example of a recent CARRS-Q study to demonstrate some of the “risk management” practices within organisational vehicle fleet operationsWishart, Darren E., Rowland, Bevan D., Freeman, James E., & Davey, Jeremy D. (2011) Driving for work : a series of organisational audit results. In Australasian College of Road Safety National Conference (ACRS 2011), 1-2 Sepember 2011, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
15 OverviewUndertook a series of work related road safety audits across a number of organisations to determine deficiencies in each organisation’s safe driving management and practice.
16 MethodUtilised previously developed “Organisational Work Related Road Safety Situational Analysis tool”
17 Results and Discussion Three areas of deficiency consistent across all participating organisationsa lack of comprehensive policy relating specifically to work related driving;a lack of consistent and sufficient detail in relation to crash data reporting and recording, anda lack of communication and promotion strategies associated with promoting safe work related driving.
18 ConclusionsShort comings identified actually don’t require much to rectify in regards to funds, resources or expertiseVehicle incidents need to considered and managed with the same level of diligence as all other hazardsOrganisations need to increase the importance of promoting vehicle safety and risk awarenessOrganisations need a WRRS champion (Fleet versus OH&S)
19 What do you do to minimise risks in the workplace? Identify Hazard- what is it?Identify Risk- what can happen, how can it happen?Analyse Risk- determine likelihood, determine consequences, estimate level of riskEvaluate Risk- Compare against criteria, set risk prioritiesTreat Risks- Identify treatment options, evaluate implement plans
20 Work related road safety is a complex puzzle CrashesCultureWRRS promotionInfringement monitoringManagement commitmentEnvironmentEmployee commitmentVehiclesProceduresRisk managementPolicyReporting
21 What can you do in your organisation to minimise risks associated with driving for work?
22 Thanks for the opportunity to share some ideas about work related road safety Any Questions
23 Multi-disciplinary event Road & transport safetyAviation safetyWatercraft safetyConstruction safetyKey DatesRegistrations Open 5 MarchEarly Bird & Presenter Registration closes 14 June
24 Useful Tips for Safer Driving Accept the challenge to change your own driving behaviourCommit to driving saferKeep a safety spaceLook left and right when the light turns greenWhy are you in a rush?When reversing- use a colleague, check your rear before getting in vehicleUse the cruise control to prevent speed creepSeatbelt on, ignition onLate for appointment- phone ahead new ETAPull over before answering mobile phoneIs it safe to talk?Allocate time for administrative tasksIf tired stop and reviveAccept that all road users make mistakes and don’t get angry or frustrated at other road usersMaintain 2-4 second gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in frontMonitor your hands on the steering wheel?