Overview

Thank you to everyone who participated in Road Safety at Work Week in 2015. You helped make BC roads safer.

The next Road Safety at Work Week will be March 7 – 11, 2016. In the meantime, please use the resources you’ll find on this website to help build or improve your road safety program. Share them with others and help spread the word that road safety is smart business.

If you would like to participate in a free road safety workshop or speak to one of our road safety advisors, please contact rick.walters@roadsafetyatwork.ca or angelina.robinson@roadsafetyatwork.ca.

Next Road Safety At Work Week: March 7-11, 2016

Road Safety At Work Week is a new, annual event for BC workplaces to improve awareness and adoption of safe occupational driving practices. Each year will focus on a different aspect of workplace driving. This year, the focus is distracted driving as it is a leading casual factor in motor vehicle crashes in BC today.

On this site, you will find everything you need to develop, implement and monitor a distracted-driving policy in your organization including sample policies you can customize, tips on how to implement them and information about how to support your employees to follow them.

Why is this important?

You are responsible for the safety of your employees whether they are in the office, on the shop floor or behind the wheel. If you have employees who drive for work or as part of their job and you allow phone use or other distractions when they are behind the wheel, you have a problem.

Distractions create entirely preventable hazards for your employees who drive and the public. Distractions can cause or contribute to crashes that result in property damage, injuries and deaths which can in turn negatively affect your company’s performance and reputation.

While there are many driving distractions to watch out for, cell or smart phone use is the most prevalent. Of the 269 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 in BC, distraction was a contributing factor in 77, just behind speed at 78. Alcohol and drugs were contributing factors in 63 deaths.
When your employees are behind the wheel, make sure their phones are off.

The first step

During Road Safety At Work Week, pledge to drive phone-free.

Here are three different versions. Take the one that best matches your role and responsibilities. After you input your name, company name, job title and email address, you will receive a customized pledge card to post in your workplace as a visible reminder. Then, challenge your family, friends and co-workers to take the pledge. Share your experiences on Facebook and Twitter.

 

For drivers

I will:

  • not use my phone when I am driving.
  • pull over to the side of the road if I have to make or take a call.
  • end calls if the person I am speaking with is driving.

For dispatchers, supervisors and first-level managers

I will:

  • lead by example and not use my phone when I am driving.
  • expect employees to not respond to my calls, texts or emails if they are driving.
  • support employees to drive phone free by ensuring that work practices and expectations do not pressure them to use a phone while driving.

For senior managers

I will:

  • lead by example and not use my phone when I am driving.
  • expect any company employee not to respond to my calls, texts or emails if they are driving.
  • support managers, supervisors and employees to build a driving phone-free culture across our organization.
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