Driving for Better Business at the Health and Safety Event 2022

We presented three days of expert opinion, good practice and thought leadership in the Driver Safety Zone this year. It’s a vital update for safety professionals.

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Tuesday 5th April, 10:00 – 15:00

10:30 What exactly is work-related road risk?
Are you a Safety Manager new to managing driver safety? This session will get you up to speed so you can get maximum value from the rest of our presentations. What are the key areas of managing driver and vehicle risk and who is responsible?
11:30 Van Driver Safety – Addressing the Human Factors of Risk
The growing number of vans on the nation’s roads means a growing number of new van drivers. What are the challenges they face, and what can employers do to ensure that van drivers – many of whom are young or inexperienced – remain safe on the roads?
12:30 Confidence in the compliance of your fleet
Confidence in your fleet safety profile comes from three things. Understanding everything you’re responsible for, making sure everything is managed in line with industry best practices, and having a robust audit trail to prove everything was done correctly. Barrie will talk through the key things required to ensure everything is taken care of, and that your managers, your colleagues and your drivers can have confidence you’re on top of the job.
13:30 Shared responsibility in the transport chain
It’s very easy to assume that driver safety is the responsibility of the driver however, when it all goes wrong, investigators will look up and down the full transport chain. Nina will look at how that responsibility is shared throughout the transport chain from the driver right up to the top of the company, even looking at clients and suppliers where their actions could have impacted on how the risk was managed.
14:30 Making The Big Shift in Safety Culture
The old ways aren’t always the best ways. They are just the way things have always been done and it’s time to make a shift. It is not an easy one. We aren’t just talking about technology and equipment, or conducting ‘behavioural safety training. The Big Shift is about embracing human factors and optimising how we perform within the whole system and culture. It’s about people and how we think and act, our mindset and attitude. We need to make sure you have an environment that is set up to support people to perform at their best, with the capacity to think differently, fail safely and learn fast. Cleartrack Performance will present a high impact session, taking their experience from elite sport and the military, and sharing industry case studies of how to make this shift and applying a human and organisational performance approach within industry.

Wednesday 6th April, 10:00 – 15:00

10:30 Distracted Driving: What employers and drivers need to know
Gemma will discuss research on the distraction imposed on drivers by mobile phone use, which can help to explain both how and why driving performance deteriorates. Her talk will consider how this research can:
– Help those who drive for work, or employ drivers, understand specific issues with phone use
– Be used to create evidence-based education for use in the workplace
– Be best communicated to drivers in an attempt to achieve behaviour change
11:30 Hazard perception and beyond: Are these tools suitable for commercial fleets?
Hazard perception testing has been part of the driver licensing procedure for 20 years, with considerable reductions in collisions attributed to its introduction. Despite this, hazard perception has yet to become a significant part of fleet drivers’ continuous professional development. This talk will consider the barriers that have previously prevented hazard perception tests becoming more widespread within fleets, and how these issues can be overcome. Specifically, through the tailoring of training and assessment to the vehicles and roles of commercial drivers, we can create tools that are more relevant and acceptable to our target audience. Beyond hazard perception, similar tests can measure the level of risk that is acceptable to drivers, through our Amber Gambler and Tailgating tests. We demonstrate how these tests can be accessed online through our new EsituDrive platform, or delivered in classroom settings – which even include the opportunity to view hazard perception clips in a more immersive environment via a virtual reality headset.
12:30 The importance of sleep for commercial driver wellbeing and safety
The transport and logistics industry typically covers off fatigue risk by adhering to hours of service legislation. In this session we’ll explain why that approach could be flawed and how your organisation could gain from paying a little more attention to sleep duration and quality.
13:30 Why Leadership matters for a safe driving culture
Drivers that don’t exhibit the correct behaviours can present a big risk, both in safety, reputation and financial terms but good drivers can be very effective brand ambassadors. It is imperative that you have a strong safety culture and that this is promoted throughout the whole company.
14:30 Managing Vehicle Related Safety on Private Sites
Vehicle related incidents and collisions on private sites such as distribution centres, construction sites and haulage depots are common and can be extremely serious, leading to intrusive and public investigations and prosecutions. Chis will be looking in detail at common scenarios, consequences for both individuals and companies, and some of the solutions that are available to help minimise the risks.

Thursday 7th April, 10:30 – 11:45

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