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Road Safety at Work Newsletter

We publish a road safety focused monthly e.newsletter, and distribute it to a variety of subscribers. If you are not already receiving it, we encourage you to subscribe now.


July 2022
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  • Slow Down, Move Over to keep people safe  Do you know and follow BC’s Slow Down, Move Over law in work zones? It’s critical for the safety of roadside and emergency workers. You need to reduce speed when approaching vehicles with flashing amber, red, or blue lights. This includes police, fire, and ambulance vehicles, and tow trucks. You also need to be prepared to move over into the left lane, when it’s safe to do so. View our 20-second video as a reminder. Watch video
  • Road trip tips  Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, road trips are a summer tradition. Here’s another important tradition: road safety. Combine the two by preparing for your trip, even if it’s short. Use our handy TripCheck online tool to help keep you and your passengers safe. And follow @RoadSafetyatWork for more suggestions. Open TripCheck
  • How to... investigate crashes  Learning what caused a past crash can help prevent another one in the future. That’s why crash investigations are so valuable to organizations of any size. Use our crash investigation tool kit as a step-by-step guide. It applies to near-misses too. Your employees and your bottom line will thank you. Open Tool Kit

June 2022
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  • Training helps Cone Zone workers stay safe. Make sure you've got it. If you’re a roadside worker, here’s one of the best things you can do for your own safety: Ask your employer for training. It doesn’t matter how experienced you are. Last year 31 roadside workers were injured and missed work, and 2 died. Can you answer the questions in Section 2 of our What Workers Need to Know guide? Do you know your health and safety rights and responsibilities? If not, you need training. Test your knowledge
  • Course helps employers meet road safety responsibilities  Good news, employers. Practical tips and policy templates are available at no cost to help you meet your road safety legal responsibilities. They’re in our revamped WorkSafeBC’s Road Safety Requirements: A Guide for Employers and Supervisors online course. You’ll have a basic road safety plan outline when you’re done. Register for course
  • How to ... properly set up vehicle mirrors Every vehicle has blind spots and we make them worse when we don’t set our mirrors properly. It’s up to employers, supervisors, and drivers to ensure maximum visibility behind the wheel. Properly adjusting mirrors can help prevent crashes. Use our tips, a video, and tailgate meeting guide on blind spots. Learn more

May 2022
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  • It's up to all of us to help keep roadside workers safe in Cone Zones   The 12th annual Cone Zone campaign reminds us that tens of thousands of workers are at risk of injury or death while working at the roadside in BC. It also reminds drivers to slow down, pay attention, and move over when safe to do so. Employers, workers, and drivers all play a role in keeping people safe in Cone Zones. You can start by reviewing our resources. You’ll find easy-to-use guides, checklists, and best practices.  Learn more
  • Firm finds lasting road safety benefits  Organizations of any size can benefit from our expertise. An engineering firm, for example, booked one of our no-cost presentations and found lasting safety benefits. It’s now using the information as a training tool for existing and new employees. The practical tips are specific to the driving they do.   Read more
  • How to ... create safe work procedures  Safe work procedures are road safety cornerstones. Done well, they help employees minimize their risks while driving. Every organization needs procedures that are easy to understand and apply. Use our sample templates to create your own or enhance the ones you already have. You can edit the templates as needed.  Download templates

April 2022
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  • It's peak season for collisions with wildlife. It doesn't have to be   A collision between vehicles and wildlife happens more than once an hour in B.C. on average. No matter where you or your employees drive, people and animals are at risk – especially now. May and June are peak season for collisions involving deer, moose, elk, bear, and caribou. Our newest webinar can help keep drivers safe. Oh Deer! Driving Tips to Prevent Collisions with Wildlife gives rural and urban drivers practical info to use right away.  Register now
  • Avoiding aggressive drivers  Better weather can bring out unsafe driving behaviours such as speeding, tailgating, and improper passing. We can keep ourselves in check but we also need to know how to steer clear of other drivers who may put us at risk. Our Avoiding Aggressive Drivers tailgate guide offers tips for your staff.Larger vehicles are not as agile as passenger vehicles.   Download guide
  • How to ... set up your vehicle  Here’s a tip to add to your routine: Remind drivers to adjust their vehicles for comfort and safety before they start driving. It’s their workspace, after all – even if they’re only in it for a few minutes a day. Our Optimize Your Vehicle Workspace Tool Kit shows them how to do it.  Open tool kit

March 2022
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  • Interactive Snapshot gives you a look under your hood.   How would you rate your organization’s road safety activities and commitment? How do they stack up against your peers? Use our interactive Road Safety Snapshot Tool to find out. It’s a great tool for organizations of any size. And its rating chart only takes a few minutes to complete. Once done, you’ll get a customized response that suggests areas for improvement. It’s like having your own safety advisor.  Get your snapshot
  • Preventing car-truck collisions  Larger vehicles are not as agile as passenger vehicles. Knowing how to share the road with them is critical since passenger vehicle drivers are more likely to be at fault in most fatal car-truck collisions. Review our tailgate meeting guide for driving tips to help prevent these types of crashes.  Download guide
  • How to ... avoid hydroplaning  Spring rain and melting snow mean lots of water on roads. It also means an increased risk of hydroplaning. The loss of traction causes a loss of braking, steering, and power control. Use our tailgate meeting guide for employers, supervisors, and drivers to help reduce the risk of hydroplaning.  Download guide

January 2022
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  • Did you know that distracted driving is more than just phones?   Phone use isn’t the only form of distracted driving that breaks the law and puts people at risk. You may be surprised to learn what else can earn drivers a fine while they’re behind the wheel. To find out, sign up for our new Distracted Driving – More Than Just Phones webinar on February 24, 2022. It’s your chance to ask an enforcement officer and ICBC about how to stay safe and avoid penalties.  Register now
  • Safety engages employees  Here’s a timely employee engagement idea: Run your own winter driving safety campaign! The City of Kelowna helped keep staff safe and engaged with a successful campaign that generated an impressive response. Learn how Kelowna did it, and how your organization can too, by using our campaign resources.  Read more
  • How to ... maintain traction  Roads are icy all over the province. Loss of traction can occur anytime, anywhere – and with severe consequences for you and the health care system. To help get a grip on winter driving conditions, avoid over-braking and over-steering. Commercial truck drivers can find more useful tips in our easy-to-use traction guide.  Download brochure

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