Keeping drivers safe at work
Employers are obligated to ensure the health and safety of their employees and others who may be affected by their activities whilst at work. This includes the time while people are driving for work, whether that is in a company vehicle, hired vehicle or the employee’s own vehicle. Employers must do everything reasonably practical to protect people from harm whilst driving in the same way they would for any other workplace hazard. Over 1 in 4 work vehicles are involved in an accident annually with 30% of fatal accidents being work related. Road safety training is a must for anyone who drives for work as for a fraction of the cost of the vehicle they are driving, the training will ensure each person is as capable as possible to keep themselves safe out on the road.
The fact is motor vehicle accidents are the largest cause of workplace injuries and absence from work. For the majority of the population, driving is the riskiest task people participate in on a day to day basis. The consequences of motor vehicle accidents are huge with the average accident costing $2040 however with other expenses, including insurance excesses, increased premiums, loss of productivity and administration costs, the cost of an accident can easily blow out to over $10000. Along with the potential of permanent injury or death and the potential liability for the accident, ensuring everyone within your business remains safe on the road is definitely one of the main workplace health and safety aspects that needs to be addressed.
At Academy of Road Safety, we have a range of solutions to suit any business to ensure staff have the best chance of staying safe behind the wheel. We also work with the business to apply any additional strategies and ensure compliance with WHS requirements. Case studies have shown benefits from managing work related road safety include; Reduced accidents and loss time injuries, reduced liability in the event of an accident, increased productivity and higher profit due to reduced expenditure.
Academy of Road Safety can conduct training nationally at any location within Australia and has a number of training options with training programs being tailored specific to the needs of each business. All of our trainers have a minimum Cert 4 in Training and Assessment and are highly experienced and professional. An example of our training options is outlined below.
Theory Presentation – Low risk driving theory presentation conducted at your workplace or at a privately hired venue. Participants will learn the key factors in road accidents, how to dramatically reduce the chance of being involved in an accident, low risk driving strategies and will gain an understanding of crash avoidance techniques and vehicle safety systems.
Practical Exercises - Practical exercises are conducted off the road in a controlled environment either at your workplace or a privately hired venue. Participants will get to practice crash avoidance techniques and utilise their vehicle safety systems including ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), with feedback given by an experienced trainer after each exercise.
Onroad Coaching and Driving Assessments - Driving Assessments are conducted 1 on 1 out on the road and drivers are assessed against a checklist of various skills and aspects. Drivers are assessed to see whether they are competent in simple daily driving tasks such as give way signs, round abouts, traffic and other basic skills needed to pass the driving test. We also look at low risk driving strategies including speed management, hazard perception, crash avoidance space and decision making to make an assessment on the likelihood of the driver being involved in an accident. We create a one page summary of how each driver performed and give our feedback, each summary is then emailed through to you to keep on record and can be easily accessed in the event a staff member is involved in an accident. We also create an overall summary of the training and how staff members performed and also recommend any further training if required
Half Day Group Training - Up to 40 people are able to complete a half day course which will be an even split between theory and practical. The practical component will give an understanding of speed vs stopping distance and the opportunity to complete straight line braking exercises from 40km/h up to 100km/h. Two half day courses are also able to be completed in one day.
Full Day Group Training - Up to 30 people are able to complete a full day course which will be a combination of theory and practical and provides participants with more 1 on 1 time with each trainer. The practical component is much more extensive compared to the half day course and will look at correct seating position, car control techniques, brake swerve recover exercises, slalom exercises, car maintenance, vehicle types/configurations and vision. We can also tailor the practical training to your specific needs.
For further information please get in touch with Academy of Road Safety by filling this form below and one of our team member will be in touch with you.