3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Care About Managing Road Traffic Safety

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Over the last 15 years, road safety has become a serious global public health concern. It is the no.1 cause of death among those aged 15-29 years and approximately 1.25 million road traffic deaths happen every year. That’s why at the very heart of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development is the vision that no one should be killed or seriously injured from using the road network.

Is this pie in the sky? Or can we achieve this noble objective? Here at Risk ZA, we believe it’s definitely possible through implementing ISO training, working together and utilising proper management solutions in order to halve the number of road fatalities by 2030.

Now wouldn’t that be a hugely significant achievement worth crowing about? We think so! So, how do you go about managing road safety? And if you choose to invest in road traffic safety, which we sincerely hope you will, what are the benefits for you and your organisation?

Take a look at our top 3 reasons why a commitment to reducing road injuries and fatalities is good for all of us:

3 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT MANAGING ROAD TRAFFIC SAFETY

1. PREVENTING DEATH AND SERIOUS INJURY IS A GLOBAL PRIORITY

Road traffic injuries are the 9th leading cause of death globally. To accelerate action to reduce this burden, the United Nations General Assembly declared a Decade of Action for Road Safety from 2011 to 2020. Here in South Africa, we still have much work to do.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals include road safety targets to reduce deaths, achieve safe urban transport, and implement sustainable public procurement practices. ISO 39001:2012 addresses the contribution that can be made by organisations to prevent avoidable death and serious injury across the road traffic system.

2. ROAD TRAFFIC INJURY IS A LEADING CAUSE OF WORK-RELATED DEATH AND SERIOUS INJURY

Injuries in road traffic crashes make up around 50% of work-related deaths on public roads. That’s a staggering number of people losing their lives while simply doing their jobs! And, the cost to companies and our economy is enormous. Imagine if you could reverse this trend? It’s certainly possible and within your reach.

The new ISO High-Level Structure means that the ISO 39001:2012 standard can be used to compliment your ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety program, to specifically address road safety risks and reduce deaths and injuries.

2. ROAD TRAFFIC INJURY IS A LEADING CAUSE OF WORK-RELATED DEATH AND SERIOUS INJURY

ISO 39001:2012 is the perfect management tool for this purpose. The standard provides direction on key safety issues and a strong focus on achieving better results both in the interim and on a long-term basis. Not to mention, it doesn’t prescribe specific safety measures — these are left for your organisation to determine through safety management processes as each and every organisation has its own unique needs.

ISO 39001:2012 is also fully aligned with the Safe System approach to road safety, and these principles flow through the UN Global Plan for Road Safety, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Safe System approach to road safety is an entirely different way of looking at road safety management. Its unique approach is dignified and aims to change the hearts and minds of people which we’ll briefly touch on below.

By adopting ISO 39001:2012 your organisation can look forward to additional benefits such as:

  • Contributing to national and global efforts to prevent death and serious injury in road crashes.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to an issue that is of serious public concern.
  • Addressing primary occupational safety risks.
  • Cutting down on organisational road crash, incident costs and working days lost to injury.
  • Making the best use of available resources to target safety risks.
  • Increasing competitive advantage in the tendering processes.
  • Reducing insurance premiums and vehicle repair bills.

THE SAFE SYSTEMS APPROACH TO ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT

This system is based on the principle that our lives and health should not be compromised by our need to travel. No death or serious injury is acceptable in our road transport network.

The Safe Systems approach is designed with human beings at its centre, taking human fallibility and vulnerability into account, and accepting that even the most conscientious person will make a mistake at some point. The goal of Safe Systems is to ensure that these mistakes do not lead to a crash; or, if a crash does occur, it is sufficiently controlled so as to not cause a death or a life-changing injury.

Responsibility for the system is shared by everyone. Policy makers, planners, engineers, vehicle manufacturers, fleet managers, law enforcement officers, road safety educators, health agencies and the media are all accountable for the system’s safety. While every road user, whether they drive, cycle or walk, is responsible for taking on board and following the system’s rules.

A Safe Systems approach is also in sync with broader ethical, social, economic and environmental goals. By creating partnerships where government or transport agencies work closely with other groups, Safe Systems tackle problems associated with road traffic, such as congestion, noise, air pollution and lack of physical exercise.

The ultimate goal of the Safe System approach goal is to eliminate road fatalities and serious injuries. ISO 39001:2012, with its risk-based thinking approach to Road Safety Management and its commitment to continual improvement, is the perfect management tool for achieving these goals!

WORK WITH RISK ZA

Are you ready to take up the challenge and join us on a journey towards zero road deaths and serious injuries? We can help you to build a solid road traffic management system that will help your organisation manage its road risks in a cost-effective manner. 

Work with us to build a Road Traffic Safety Management System that will help you to manage road traffic safety in a more efficient and cost-effective manner.

Follow these steps:

  1. Visit www.riskza.com/training-schedule-booking to find an upcoming ISO 39001:2012 training event closest to you.
  2. Contact us! on +27 (0) 31 569 5900, email info@riskza.com or using our contact form.

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