10:32 pm, Thursday 13 September, 2012
The National Transport Commission (NTC) released its National Road Safety Partnership Program draft strategy last week for public consultation. The strategy acknowledges the major role that industry can play in improving road safety in Australia.
NTC Project Director, Dr Jeff Potter said that work-related road accidents in the country account for about 50 percent of all occupational deaths and 15 percent of national road deaths.
“We believe there is significant opportunity to facilitate knowledge sharing about how to improve road safety in the workplace and to provide recognition for those businesses that do the right thing,” said Dr Potter.
According to the draft strategy, driving or operating vehicles as well as commuting to work are the greatest safety risks for workers.
“Our research has found that many Australian businesses already have a positive road safety culture which not only benefits the community but their bottom line as well,” said Dr Potter.
“We’ve found these businesses are eager to share their knowledge and processes, and even act as a mentor for other businesses, so that others can replicate their approaches and improve road safety.”
A steering committee which comprises senior business representatives will assist in the development of the proposed program.
NTC is calling on all businesses to share their thoughts on the proposed program framework.
The draft strategy is open for comment until 18 October.