Why Do a Status Review?
A status review is an opportunity to take stock and understand the current state of road safety in an organization. The results will show how a road safety program measures up. They highlight strengths as well as gaps. When done every year or two, a status review shows where the organization is improving its road safety performance. The Road Safety Snapshot and the 35-point and 70-point safety audits provide a solid foundation for expanding road safety dialogue, and a upon which to build your road safety program.
How To Do a Status Review
Doing a status review involves gathering information. The following are the key steps:
- Start with your Road Safety Snapshot, or conduct a road safety audit. These tools consider key elements found in effective road safety programs, and ask questions that indicate whether sufficient measures are in place, or identify areas where changes should improve results. Use the scores from these tools to benchmark your road safety program.
- Consult employees. Ask employees – managers, supervisors and drivers – how they feel about their road safety program. What’s working? What’s not working? Do responses match audit results? What recommendations do they offer for improvement? How do they want to be involved in driving change?
- Collect and analyze incident data. When looking forward to change, it’s helpful to first look back at past incidents. If you have not changed the practices or procedures that enabled a previous motor vehicle incident, they probably continue to present hazardous situations. Understand what factors contributed to those incidents, and make plans to change them.
Do a status review:
When starting a new ORS program to:
- Decide where to start
- Help develop an action plan
- Establish benchmarks
When reviewing an existing ORS program to:
- Evaluate program results
- Demonstrate progress
- Decide on a plan of action to improve the program