Work related road safety is a complex and challenging issue.
Many organisations have identified road crashes as the single greatest risk in their day to day operations. In fact, a report from Worksafe Australia shows that from 2003- 2014, two-thirds of work-related deaths were vehicle related.
There are significant legal requirements and safety obligations for organisatons to address this issue, but there are also many additional benefits in reducing work-related road crashes.
These benefits can include:
- improved productivity
- enhanced work quality
- improved employee relations, and
- reduced operational costs.
Driver education and training have been seen as some of the critical countermeasures to help reduce the financial and emotional costs associated with road trauma.
But whilst traditional driver training may be desirable, it has a number of limitations including: accessibility, cost, down time and restricted delivery systems. There are also issues related to national consistency, effectiveness and quality. Debate on the issue of relevancy has also started to intensify in recent times.
Previous research has stated that in order to understand, predict, and ultimately manage, work-related driver safety it is imperative to place the behaviour within a relevant theoretical or conceptual framework.
A new generation of driver education systems has been developed around this philosophy and allows for a completely new approach to professional road safety training.
- The utilisation of on-line training tools and delivery systems provides a hierarchical approach to driver education. This provides benefits in ongoing “training contact points”, learning outcomes and content retention. It also delivers:
- Uniform, cost effective road safety training based on current research and the latest developments in human movement and bio-mechanics;
- A set of competency grading benchmarks to facilitate individual driver assessment and improve overall vehicle operation;
- Sound, work related safe driving practices and provides a link between individual driver performance and the company’s safe driving standards; and
- A core set of fleet safety principles that will complement the company’s corporate values and implement a best practice framework to facilitate cultural changes around road safety in the workplace.
Through online driver-safety training programs, it’s a great opportunity to assess and educate employees in work-related road safety, and contribute to the professional and personal development of employees as well.
Benefits of online training for employees
Several studies confirm that learners learn more using computer-based instruction than they do through traditional classroom methods. In addition to delivering advantages in training consistency, access and operational cost efficiency, online training provides a number of benefits in terms of capacity to learn and retain information:
- 60% faster learning
- 50% less learning time
- 25-50% higher content retention
- 56% greater learning gains
- 50-60% better consistency of learning
- 20-40% less delivery variance
- 38-70% faster training compression.
If your team drives vehicles as part of the job, find out more about the driver safety training course, and on this World Day of Health and Safety at Work, take the time to look at new ways of preventing workplace fatalities and injuries.