Management commitment ensures road safety initiatives receive the resources needed to help reduce road-related injuries on the job. And when senior managers communicate their commitment to occupational road safety to all employees, positive safety climate changes can occur.
Why is Management Commitment Important?
Management commitment is important for three reasons:
- Management approval is needed to obtain resources to conduct background research and to develop and/or improve an occupational road safety (ORS) program. You may need to come back to this step repeatedly as your program grows.
- Ongoing management commitment is essential for effective ORS outcomes because management is ultimately responsible for the key components of ORS programs, including:
- Data management systems
- Organizational structures
- ORS policies and procedures
- Effective management style
- Employees need to see that senior management is committed to road safety at work. Early on, it’s important that senior managers communicate their road safety commitment to the entire organization.
You’ll need some background information to get initial management approval. This may include:
- Incident statistics
- Incident costs
- Maintenance records
- Anecdotal information from workers and supervisors
You may need to document your rationale with a business case. See Make Your Case for key components to include. And use the MVI cost calculator to help identify the true cost of MVIs within your organization.
Are you a senior manager? You will need to ensure the essential components of an ORS program are in place.
BC’s Preferred Practices
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