Step 3: Check

The CHECK step involves finding out if the processes and practices that were implemented are accomplishing intended outcomes. Checking is analyzing relevant information to determine if the controls you've put in place are reducing behind-the-wheel risks. Based on what you find out, the CHECK step includes looking for ways to adjust processes to improve performance, and tackling emerging road safety issues. There are five elements.

  • Conduct Regular Reviews

    Like vehicles used for work, your safety system requires regular check-ups to make sure its components are functioning as they should. Regular reviews provide opportunities to gather and analyze results, evaluate outcomes and adjust the plan as needed.

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  • Check Implementation

    During the review process, before drawing any conclusions about the effectiveness of the road safety plan or specific measures in it, check to see that the plan and its identified controls were in fact implemented as designed.

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  • Analyze and Evaluate Outcomes

    It is important to understand if the road safety plan is working. By analyzing and comparing metrics, you can demonstrate to management, as well as individual employees, how the outcomes compare to the targets.

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  • Investigate Incidents and Near Misses

    When a work-related crash occurs, a thorough investigation is your best opportunity to discover the factors that contributed to the incident and understand the underlying causes. Near misses provide similar learning opport

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  • Make Improvements

    Making improvements is a fundamental concept of the PLAN - DO - CHECK cycle. Continual improvement means consistently looking for and finding ways to prevent crashes and avoid injuries. It also means finding ways to integrate what is learned to improve the effectiveness of safety measures.

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Understand where the organization is and where it should be, in terms of road safety. Set goals, establish priorities for action, assign responsibilities and decide how to measure performance.


Take action: develop and implement measures to address road safety priorities, and track results.


Gather results and analyze performance; use what you learn to improve road safety processes and practices.