Before you set about drafting your road safety plan, it’s important to understand what needs to go into the plan. The sections below identify key components and outline the steps to take in building your plan so it accomplishes the company’s safety objectives.
1. Understand Legal Requirements
At a minimum, your road safety plan should enable the company to meet its legal obligations. Those basic requirements should steer the policies, procedures and practices that the management team, supervisors and employees implement to ensure the safety of employees when they drive for work.
For an overview of legal requirements important to road safety, go to Know Your Obligations.
For a summary of legal requirements in the Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, download Employer’s Guide to Road Safety Requirements.
Understanding Employer Road Safety Obligations is a free online course that identifies employer requirements relative to road safety. It provides an overview of relevant legislation and regulations and what you can do to comply, and it provides links to resources to help you take action.
2. Learn the 10 Essentials
We consulted leading resources to learn what companies and road safety professionals see as the key characteristics of successful road safety programs. Know the 10 Essentials is a guide summarizing the elements your safety plan needs to contain in order to be effective.
3. Get Management On-Board
To be successful, the road safety program needs dedicated support from the leadership team. Create a solid business case that fosters and secures their commitment. Learn more at Get Management Commitment.
If the management team is unclear about the cost advantages of preventing work-related crashes, or if they simply respond better to hard numbers, use the MVI Cost Calculator to demonstrate the real costs of motor vehicle crashes.
If you don’t have data on the frequency of injury claims your employees have suffered because of a crash, The Numbers section is a compilation of claims made by companies in your sector and sub-sector.
4. Check the Gauges
The Road Safety Snapshot is a quick ten-question online survey to help you gauge the road safety attitudes and perceptions of people in your organization; understanding those will help you set planning priorities. You can also use this tool for benchmarking and tracking progress over time.