Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging fleets to tune into its latest free webinars through the Global Fleet Champions scheme. The next two webinars focus on driver mental health and wellbeing, and the safe system approach to fleet safety.
Attendance at the webinars is free, and they are open to health & safety staff, fleet managers, senior management staff, and anyone else with responsibility for at-work drivers at their organisation.
Spotlight on... driver mental health and wellbeing
Wednesday 6 May, 2pm - 2.30pm
Professional drivers face a number of common challenges, and newer challenges relating to COVID-19, that can affect their mental health. Fleet managers need to be aware of the signs that their drivers are struggling with mental health issues so that they can help to manage the risks and get them the support they need.
This webinar will discuss:
- how poor mental health increases the risk of a road crash occurring
- how to recognise the signs that your drivers may be struggling with mental health issues
- how you can support your employees' mental wellbeing
Step Up for Safe Streets: safe systems for fleet managers
Thursday 7 May, 2pm - 3pm
Every road death and injury is a preventable tragedy, and the best way to prevent them is by designing roads, vehicles and policies in such a way that human error doesn't lead to death or serious injury. This design philosophy, known as the 'safe system' approach to road safety, is available to us now and there are lots of ways that fleets can support and adopt safe systems.
This webinar will cover:
- the principles of the safe system approach
- how designing roads and vehicles for people can help to reduce deaths and injuries
- what policies and procedures you can implement to help ensure your drivers and vehicles stay safe on the road
Step Up for Safe Streets is the theme of this year's Road Safety Week, which takes place 9-15 November. To find out more and sign up for a free action pack, visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz.
Caroline Perry, Brake's NZ director, said: "Driving for work is a significant health & safety risk to organisations, so it's essential that you have relevant policies and procedures in place to address risk. There are situations and challenges that may arise that can affect drivers' mental wellbeing, particularly during this time of COVID-19, so it's essential that health and wellbeing is included in your policies and procedures.
"The safe system approach has been adopted in many countries, including in New Zealand's latest road safety strategy Road to Zero. By adopting some safe system principles in their own organisation, fleets can also help to reduce road risk. This webinar will provide information and advice on how to adopt some of these measures, and I urge anyone with staff who drive on work purposes to attend."
Organisations can also access more events, webinar recordings and fleet safety resources by joining Global Fleet Champions, Brake's not-for-profit membership service, sharing good practice in addressing road risk. Free to join, members receive access to resources such as guidance reports and tools for using with drivers, access to Brake's webinars, information about other Brake events, and the latest road safety research. Find out more and join at www.globalfleetchampions.org.