Overview 2009-2013
Work Related Road
Safety in the EU
Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the
Safety of Employees
Introduction to ETSC
A science-based approach to road
safety policy
•47 organisations from across Europe under one
unique umbrella promoting science-based
transport safety measures at EU level.
•More than 200 experts contributing to ETSC’s
Reviews, Policy Papers, Newsletters, Positions,
Lectures, Press Releases, Year Books, etc.
•The European Commission, member
organisations, member states and corporate
sponsors are funding our work
ETSC Activities
transport safety
Road Safety ‘At’ Work and
‘To’ Work
Road Safety Performance Index (PIN) –
Ranking EU countries‘ performances
STudents Acting to Reduce Speed
Bike Pal
Cycle safety
Safe&Sober Campaign and
Drink-driving policy
Percentage change in road deaths 2001 - 2011
– 68%
– 63%
– 58%
– 55%
– 53%
– 53%
– 51%
– 45%
EU average -45%
Where are we now?
Number of road deaths per million inhabitants
No country with more than 110 deaths per million inhabitants
UK2001 2011
The Netherlands
112 (EU27 in 2001)
60 (EU27 in 2011)
Work Related Road Safety?
•Improving work related road safety would improve
road safety as a whole.
•Road Traffic accidents accounted for 39% of fatal
accidents at work in 2005.
•More than one in four fatal accidents at work
involved person ‘driving a means of transport or
motorized and mobile handling equipment’ (ESAW
2005). European Commission (2005) Causes and
Circumstances of Accidents at Work in the EU.
Who is involved?
•The main types of vehicles involved include light
vehicles (42% of cases), heavy good vehicles
(lorries, buses, coaches) in 28% of cases and two
or three wheeled vehicles in 6% of cases.
•Young workers are particularly affected by fatal
accidents involving loss of control of two or three
wheeled vehicles, as 13% of workers who died as
a result of this type of accident were under 25
years old (for comparison, in 2005 workers aged
18-24 accounted for only 8% of all fatal accidents
at work).
Driving for Work includes:
•Professional transport
•Driving whilst at work, for example sales people
•Workers on the roads for example carrying out
•Commuting to work
•Data collection should be improved including
•and monitoring “purpose of journey”. What is
•is more likely to be improved.
Council Directive 89/391/EEC
•Encourage improvements in the safety & health of workers
•Protection of workers through preventive measures,
•information, consultation, balanced participation and training
•Evaluate the occupational risks .... and make provision for
•adequate protection and prevention
•Ensure that all workers receive adequate on-going training
•Applies to all sectors of activity, both public and private
•Assumption that vehicles & roads are part of the workplace
PRAISE: European project for a Global Issue
Preventing Road Accidents and
Injuries for the Safety of
To advance the knowledge of the
need for work-related Road Safety
Examine the work-related road
safety standards of EU Member
States and carry out advocacy work
at the EU level.
4 committed sponsor
Since its beginning (2009)
PRAISE Deliverables
•Thematic Reports
•Fact Sheets
•Country Seminars
- Overview & definitions
- Modal risks
- Employer travel plans
& commuting
- Good practice
examples & case studies
-EU, national and
company level
PRAISE Handbook – Aims
‘to help employers secure high road
safety standards for their employees’
‘encourage the
exchange of
information and
promote best practice’
‘improving the
safety of European
Roads as a whole’
‘identifying and tackling the key risk
areas for work-related road transport’
PRAISE Handbook - Themes
9 Thematic Reports
Work Related Road Safety Management
In-vehicle Safety Equipment
From Risk Assessment to Training
Fitness to Drive
Safer Commuting to Work
Minimising In-Vehicle Distraction
Road Safety at Work Zones
Fatigue: EU Social Rules and HGV Drivers
Driving for Work; Managing Speed
All reports available in spanish at:
Resources & Recommendations
•Overview & Definitions
•Road Safety Risk
•Possible Solutions
•Good Practice Examples & Case
•EU, National and Employer level
State of Play - Speed
Inappropriate or excessive speed
More than 2,200 road deaths could be prevented each
year if average speeds dropped by ‘only’ 1km/h on all
roads across the EU.
Speeding is extremely widespread!
• At any one moment, on any given European road,
50% of drivers exceed legal speed limits. (OECD 2006
•up to 30% of drivers exceed speed limits on
motorways, up to 70% on roads outside built-up areas
and as many as 80% in urban areas (PIN 2012)
•According to most estimates Speeding contributes to
as much as one third of all fatal collisions.
• The role of ‘minor’ Speeding offences is largely
underestimated. Even minor increases have great
Speed & Driving for Work
• Speeding amongst company car drivers was
common in over 50% and excessive speeding
common for 13%
‘faster drivers tend to be younger…to drive
high annual mileage in company cars and…to
be in the managerial, administrative or
professional occupational groups, travelling
for business purposes.’ (GB)
• 2008 in GB over 85% of HGVs exceeded the
speed limit on dual carriageways other than
motorways and 75% on single carriageways
outside built up areas.
• About a quarter of deaths caused by LGV
drivers involve breaking the speed limit
Why drivers speed?
They can
• Types of roads and journey
• Vehicle type and capability
• Won’t get caught, no sanctions or penalties
pressurised to
Just in time management
Time sensitive deliveries
Payment by results
Other work distractions
They enjoy it
Thrill seeking
Speed - What employers can do?
Speed Management: A set of measures to limit the negative
effects of illegal or/and inappropriate speed.
• Shared responsibility (CEO, middle managers, individuals)
• Part of broader safety culture
• Holistic approach (mix of measures)
• Action at the organisational level and level of individuals
• Work Practices and Management
• A Risk Assessment led process
• The Driver, the Journey and the Vehicle
Time Management & Planning
• Create a safety culture: management should ensure
work practices that do not pressurise staff to speed.
• Ensure that the current shift patterns, journey planning,
employment contracts and work schedules prevent speed
and do not contribute to driver stress and speeding.
• Facilitate realistic scheduling of trips and contribute to
appropriate time management.
• In dealing with clients, avoid making any concessions
that might adversely affect road safety (unrealistic time
• Monitor the driving of their employees including looking at appropriate
• Co-operate with national enforcement authorities to identify and
address problems relating to speeding.
•Strongly enforce the organisations speeding policy by developing a
system of sanctions/rewards and clearly communicating this to
• Consider the use of incentives to support driving at appropriate speeds.
• Raise understanding of risk of speeding of employees.
• Utilise in-vehicle telemetry to monitor and coach driver behaviours.
Speed - Vehicles & Technology
• Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA)
• Speed Limiters
• Event Data Recorders
• Telematics
Speed - Vehicles & Technology
• Include safety criteria when purchasing vehicles,
• Appropriate vehicle for the driver and the task
• On the basis of risk assessment utilise speed management technologies
• Communicate vehicle safety technologies purpose (i.e.: this is for your own
good and we value you and are concerned for your wellbeing!) to employees
and train them to use equipment properly.
• Use the available technology and systems to analyse the driving behavior of
employees, contractors and subcontractors.
• Work closely with suppliers, equipment manufacturers, insurers and
customers to develop appropriate safety solutions
Fact Sheets: Success Stories
Case Study of a company/
Lessons and illustrations of the
thematic reports
9 Completed:
-Large/Int companies
European PRAISE Competition
•Annual Award to employers (SME and
larger) for outstanding contribution in
the field of work related road safety.
•70 applicants and 5 Winners
 Recognition of efforts
 Press coverage
 Exchange of best practice
with other companies
at an event in Brussels
 New business opportunities
 Employee satisfaction
3 PRAISE Brunches, Brussels
•Roundtable Debate
•Press Work
•Launch of the thematic reports
and handbook
•Presenting the awards to the
PRAISE competition winners.
•Reached 300 participants
10 PRAISE Country Seminars
•Discuss work related road
safety with experts in MS
•Promote co-operation
between actors.
•Large and well attended
audiences reaching a total of
500 participants
-Poland (2009)
-Spain (4-2010 - 2012)
-Greece (March 2011)
-Germany (June 2011)
-UK (November 2011)
-France (March 2012)
-Portugal (Oct 2012)
Press and Communications
•Press Release Launch for every
•Press Release Launch for Award
•Coverage in different specialist
and general press
•Dissemination of PRAISE thematic
reports, case studies, invitations to
seminars to a new network of 3000
work related road safety contacts
in the ETSC database.
Advocacy: Integration
•Integration of road safety
measures into next Community
Strategy for Health and Safety
Strategy at Work
•Work related Road Sfaety
included in the EP Report on
Road Safety 2011-2020 (the
“Koch” Report).
•Council of Transport Ministers
included Work related Road Safety
in their Conclusions of 2nd
December 2010
•The EC will start developing
non-binding guidelines on
Work Related Road Safety.
PRAISE documents will likely
be used as a reference base.
Next Steps..
PRAISE has helped put work related road
safety on the
EU policy map.
•Protecting Our Workers on
European Roads
•To disseminate the knowledge
• on work-related Road Safety
•6 New topics: light vehicles,
• buses, taxis, SMEs,
• Management Engagement,
•Promote adoption of the ISO Std
•More case studies and country
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