Occupational Road Safety Partnership

A Presentation for Safety Committees,
Employers, Supervisors and
Workers Who Drive
Presentation Overview
• Driving is a workplace safety issue
• Workers who drive are at significant risk
• Your responsibilities
• Strategies to reduce the risks of winter driving for
fleet and “grey fleet” drivers
• Shift Into Winter campaign
• Resources
• Questions
Work and winter driving can be hazardous
• Motor-vehicle incidents (MVIs) are a leading cause
of work-related deaths in B.C.
• Vehicle collisions in B.C. double between October
and December
• Winter conditions (including rain) can be
challenging even for experienced commercial and
occupational drivers
• Employers, supervisors, workers and safety
committees can take steps to reduce the risks
Everyone is responsible for safety
• Motor vehicles are workplaces
• Make sure you know your health and safety
- Employers: establish, deliver and maintain an OHS program that
addresses driving risks
- Supervisors: instruct drivers in safe work procedures
- Drivers: be safe on the roads; follow all laws and
workplace safety rules; report unsafe conditions
• Committees: identify and address driving and winter
driving issues in your workplace
Manage the risks
• Employers, supervisors, drivers and safety
committees: consider ways in which to eliminate /
reduce / manage road risk
• Is the risk worth it? Determine if winter driving is
absolutely necessary
• Explore business
alternatives (phone, email,
public transportation)
Employers: manage the risks
• Develop control measures:
- where possible, eliminate / reduce travel by car
- plan safer trips (consider the weather, time of day
and reducing distances for longer trips)
- ensure vehicles are maintained and equipped with
necessary safety equipment
- train drivers, develop winter specific driving policies
• Develop safety measures for your “grey fleet”
• Provide a supportive work environment that promotes
safe driving behaviours
If you or your staff must drive . . .
Always check weather / travel conditions before you drive:
• DriveBC
• Environment Canada
• Online and broadcast media sources
If you have to drive, drive smart:
• Prepare yourself / your staff
• Prepare your vehicle / your fleet vehicles
• Drive for conditions
Drivers: prepare yourself for winter driving
• Learn winter driving skills
• Develop a positive driving
• Check weather conditions
• Plan your route ahead of time
• Anticipate delays
• Driving is a complex task: be focused on the road
• Follow working-alone procedures where applicable
• Slow down!
Prepare your vehicle*/company vehicles
• Vehicles should be tuned up before winter
• Install four matched winter tires (look
for the mountain and snowflake logo)
• Carry chains if you do not have winter tires
• Install new winter wiper blades
• Clear frost from all windows and snow / ice from all
vehicle surfaces before your trip
• Carry a cell phone (and charging cable)
• Pack a winter survival kit
*If you drive a personal car for work
Drive for the conditions
• Slow down: drop speed to match conditions
• Maintain a safe following distance (the 4-second rule)
• Watch for / anticipate
black ice (+4°C to -4°C)
• Accelerate and brake slowly
• Know how to handle a skid
• Don’t use cruise control
• Be visible: always drive
with your headlights on.
Winter Driving Safety Alliance
Shift into Winter campaign
Shift into Winter campaign
Shift into Winter: tip sheets
Tip sheets
For more information
• Manage road risk in your workplace
• Vehicle collisions increase during winter
• Avoid /postpone driving in poor weather conditions
• Take changing conditions into account when
planning a work trip
• Prepare your vehicle (or fleet)
• Prepare yourself (or your drivers)
• Slow down and drive for the conditions
• Shift into Winter!
For more information
The Occupational Road Safety Partnership
The Occupational Road Safety Partnership was formed in
2009 by WorkSafeBC and the BCAA Road Safety Foundation.
The mission of the partnership is to:
• Create awareness about the significant risks associated with workrelated driving.
• Engage stakeholders to take action.
• Assist B.C. employers to improve work-related driving safety.
For more information visit www.workerroadsafety.com
(January 2012)

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