December 2015 Newsletter

Scorsa St Andrew’s Seminar 2015 - Evaluation

We would like to thank all those who attended the ScORSA St Andrew’s Seminar held at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh on 25th November 2015.

With 69 delegates attending on the day it proved yet again to be a very successful event with some excellent debate taking place around the presentations and also throughout the afternoon workshop session. The participants also took advantage of a tremendous networking opportunity and learnt more about:

  • Traffic Management – Who’s Responsible
  • Route Risk Assessment.
  • The Process and benefits of a Fleet Safety Audit
  • Fitness to drive
  • The impact of fatigue and Type 2 diabetes on driving for work
  • Policies and Procedures into Practice

The evaluation shows us that:

  • 50% of delegates who attended the seminar returned the evaluation questionnaire.
  • 100% found the seminar was overall good or excellent.
  • 100% of respondents rated the quality of presentations good, very good and excellent.
  • 97% of respondents found the delegate packs good, very good and excellent.
  • 97% found the relevance of contents good, very good and excellent.
  • 100% found the pace and duration of seminar good, very good and excellent.
  • 97% Agreed or strongly agreed the seminar met their expectations.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed the content was helpful.
  • 94% agreed or strongly agreed the level of seminar was appropriate.
  • 94% agreed or strongly agreed the format of the seminar was enjoyable.
  • 100% agreed or strongly agreed the speakers had a good understanding of the topics.
  • 100% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed the seminar was worth their time.
  • 100% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed the length of seminar was appropriate.
  • 100% of respondents found the venue location good, very good or excellent.
  • 100% of respondents rated the suitability of the training room/facilities as good, very good or excellent.
  • 100% of respondents found the catering good, very good or excellent whilst 2% found it poor.

In addition, 82% of respondents made comments. Few comments (12%) were about the fluctuation of temperature in the room.

The majority of comments were good, showing the delegates benefited from the range of different perspectives from speakers on road safety, networking, updated information, availability of resources, MORR, fitness for work, among others.

Some of comments:

What do you think is the most important thing you gained from the seminar?

  • Value of regular audits to review Policy, MORR
  • That my organisation is going in the right direction in terms of MORR policies/procedures
  • Setting of policy + procedures
  • General information on driving for work; Medicals; licence checks
  • Improving my overall knowledge
  • Reinforcement of what we're doing + what we think is the right thing to do.
  • Many points to review in workplace
  • Uncertainty regarding Management of Occupational Road Risk in my organisation
  • Networking; considerations to take back to the workplace, e.g., assessments etc.
  • Identifying gaps in existing policies/ procedures
  • Networking and sharing ideas
  • Ideas on how to improve policy + practice
  • Other areas to consider i.e. Grey fleet
  • Understanding of the importance of treating grey fleet in the same manner as vocational drivers. I also learned a lot about fitness for work and health checks/disclosure of medical information.
  • Emerging trends; resources available; awareness of issues faced by companies/employees/individuals.
  • References to other documents/tools. Fatigue monitors - interesting research
  • Fatigue and diabetes information
  • Fatigue - I work in an emergency/call out industry where culture of working long hours has became accepted. I will go away with the mindset and hunger to change this.
  • Importance of audit
  • Greater awareness of occupational road risk
  • The value of spending time considering a range of (sometimes unrelated) road safety issues
  • An understanding of what is required by law
  • Further knowledge of company responsibilities under H&S

For your work, what was the most beneficial part of the seminar?

  • Looking at how pre-driving medical checks should be introduced as part of the recruitment process + the return to work interview for staff who drive as part of their work related activities. Effect of fatigue on those driving for work - need to include 'grey fleet' drivers.
  • Networking with like minded fleet individuals
  • The requirement to review our MORR policies
  • Summary of audit protocol
  • Several speakers with relevant key points
  • Learning about RoSPA Fleet Safety audit framework
  • Fleet award; fatigue/ diabetes
  • Fitness to drive and best practice/duty of care
  • Driver questionnaire for grey fleet
  • The information on grey fleet and the opportunity to have practice/information with colleagues from other organisations.
  • Emerging trends; resources available
  • Mainly being updated on new research, tools etc.
  • Policy - medical conditions
  • Identified areas for improvement
  • Considering of route risk assessment issues
  • Most of the seminar was beneficial to my role within the company I work for.

The majority of comments were very positive, showing delegates benefited from the range of different perspectives given through speakers on road safety, networking, updated information and availability of resources.

The seminar presentations in pdf format can be downloaded from ScORSA website.

SQA Road Safety

This qualification, unique at this level in UK, will provide everyone coming into road safety with the same basic grounding in road safety knowledge, information and resources. There is also the potential for this course to be delivered within approved establishments across UK. The course is designed for candidates with a professional or personal interest or involvement in road casualty reduction in UK.

Management of Occupational Road Risk

A Specialist Unit has been designed within the SQA Framework, to provide an understanding of Occupational Road Risk in Scotland and allow the candidate an opportunity to explore this in a global or UK context or simply at more local level.
The MORR unit is relevant to those who use the road for work, whether they are HR and transport managers, fleet operators, drivers, health and safety managers among others, irrespective of the size of organisation or who owns the vehicles in use.

Unfortunately, there are still some organisations that have not actively focused on road safety, mainly due to a lack of understanding and ownership or even confusion between who manages the risk. For example, in some organisations the lack of action is due to H&S Managers believing that Fleet Managers are responsible for road safety and vice versa, leading to no action being taken at all.

In other cases, the fact that road safety was not included in many of the formal qualifications undertaken by fleet and H&S specialists has led to a lack of awareness of road safety and the measures that can be implemented to help control or reduce risk.

However, now these professionals not only have access to a formal qualification but also to a specific unit that will support them on the management of road risk.

Candidates undertaking this Unit will gain an understanding as to what type of accidents occur, where and when they happen, why and how they happen and the legal background involved in MORR.

It is also an opportunity to:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the financial savings that can be made as well as the legal issues involved
  • Know where your company is in terms of management of road risk
  • Develop an action plan
  • Carry out a risk assessment
  • Create a MORR policy if your company doesn’t have one or improve an existing MORR policy

More importantly, the candidates will have an opportunity to implement an effective management system within their own workplace.

Email us at to register your interest.

Driver / Journey

Get ready for winter

Driving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially at winter time) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last two winters in particular, with prolonged periods of heavy snow and floods.

This means that we need to adapt the way we drive.

We all know that there are regular checks we should make to our cars; but how many of us know exactly what they are and how to do them? Not to mention whether they are done regularly at all.

But a few minutes spent making a few simple checks can identify potential problems before they cost motorists money. Plus, there’s the peace of mind that your vehicle is reliable and safe.

You can watch a Vehicles check RoSPA’s advice video by clicking here.

Driving in fog and strong wind conditions

Different weather conditions create different hazards throughout the winter and in different areas of the country at different times. A single journey may take us into very different weather, road and traffic conditions, so we need to be prepared for each one.

You should avoid driving in fog unless your journey is absolutely necessary.

If you must drive:

  • Follow weather forecasts and general advice to drivers in the local and national media.
  • Allow plenty of extra time for your journey.
  • Check your car before you set off. Make sure everything is in good working order, especially the lights.
  • Clean your windows and windscreen and ensure all your lights are working. Clean the inside of the screen as well as it helps prevent it misting up.
  • Switch the heater or air conditioning on and leave it running to keep the inside of the glass clear. Never leave the vehicle running unattended.
  • Use your windscreen wipers on an intermittent setting to keep the screen clear.
  • When you’re ready to leave, switch on the dipped headlights. Use fog lights if visibility is less than 100 metres, but don’t forget to switch them off when visibility improves.
  • Do not rely on the car’s daylight running lights – they may not put the back lights on.
  • Reduce your speed and keep it down. Keep enough distance between yourself and the vehicle in front - make sure you can stop safely within the distance you can see clearly.
  • If the fog gets thicker, slow down.
  • Switch on headlights and fog lamps if visibility is reduced.
  • If you can see the vehicles to your rear, the drivers behind can see you – switch off your rear fog lamps to avoid dazzling them.
  • Use the demister and windscreen wipers.
  • Brake gently but earlier than usual so your brake lights warn drivers behind.
  • Do not 'hang on' to the rear lights of the car in front as you will be too close to be able to brake safely.
  • Switch off distracting noises and open the window slightly so that you can listen for other traffic, especially at crossroads and junctions.
  • Beware of speeding up immediately visibility improves slightly. In patchy fog you could find yourself 'driving blind' again only moments later.
  • Be aware that other vehicles may be travelling without their lights on, and pedestrians and cyclists will be hard to see anyway, so extra care and attention is needed.
  • At junctions, wind the window down and listen for traffic. If you have electric windows, open the passenger one to listen that way as well.
  • Straining to see through thick fog will quickly make you tired – take regular breaks.
  • Don’t overtake a queue on the dual carriageway, and expect it to be as clear in front of it. The queue will have cleared the fog where it is, and you will hit a wall of thicker fog at the front.
  • If you break down, inform the police and get the vehicle off the road as soon as possible. Never park on the road in fog and never leave it without warning lights of some kind if it is on the wrong side of the road.

Tips for driving with Strong Winds

  • Hold on tight
  • Avoid bridges
  • If driving a high sided vehicle...don't.

For more information and winter tips go to RoSPA website.


Come Home Safe

During 2012 there were 12,676 people injured on Scotland’s roads. Whilst this was slightly down on the previous year, it is still a sizable number of people who have left on a journey and not arrived safely. Nearly one in three of these road crashes involve someone who is driving for work.

In the United Kingdom it is estimated we are seven and a half times more at risk when using our roads than carrying out any other everyday activity.

Any crash on our roads does not just affect those immediately involved. It is often seen as being similar to throwing a stone into a still loch. The ripples extend from the crash outwards impacting on the emergency services, other road users, relatives, colleagues and in some tragic cases, people who may never even have heard of the victim previously. There is not a single incident on our roads which does not impact on others therefore we all need to work together to keep ourselves safe.

When it comes to driving for work we are all bound by legislation to carry out tasks either as an employer or employee to stay safe when carrying out our daily routine. We should have a much greater morale duty to Come Home Safe to family, colleagues or friends. By the time you ask the question “ If only I had .....” - it’s too late. We need to consider this as employers and drivers before every journey.

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) aim to raise awareness of the risks associated with driving for work by highlighting how no one lives or works in isolation. We all have dependants whether they are at home or work who wish our safe return. As an employer, employee or dependant we can all do our bit to make a journey safer and consider the consequences of getting things wrong.

The concept of undertaking any task or journey and returning safe and well is not new but certainly remains particularly relevant to those who drive for work.

As a driver you should always be aware there is someone awaiting your return whether it be from your business or from your personal life at home. Ask yourself the question, if I were to take a risk whilst driving for work, who would be affected by the consequences - my boss, my partner, my children?

As a dependant of someone who drives for work we can also encourage our employees, dependants or loved ones to return safe and well. When they don’t return it is too late, encourage them to Come Home Safe before they leave.

Coming Home Safe is everyone’s responsibility; we just need to think of the consequences of taking risks when driving or advising others to do so.

Together we can reduce the number of people injured on our roads. There is always someone awaiting your safe return.

Drink Drive

The law

The Police have a commitment to breathalyse any driver who:

  • has been stopped for any moving traffic offence (e.g. using a mobile phone, a faulty brake light, not wearing a seatbelt)
  • they suspect has been drinking or taking drugs
  • has been involved in an accident

Even if you’re under the limit, you can still be charged with impairment through drink or drugs (legal or illegal).

The vehicle forfeiture scheme targets repeat offenders, and also first-time offenders who are three times the limit or more or who refuse to provide a sample for analysis. This scheme means you could lose your car, for good.

The morning after

You can easily still be over the limit the morning after an evening's drinking:

  • It can take roughly 10 hours to be alcohol-free after drinking one bottle of wine.
  • It can take roughly 13 hours to be alcohol-free after drinking four pints of strong lager or ale.

Drug Driving

Drug driving can affect the way you drive in a similar way to drink driving. Drugs affect different people in different ways but, contrary to what many claim, they definitely do not have a positive effect on your driving ability. This applies to illegal drugs and many medicinal drugs.

Drink Drive Campaign

The Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) is set to launch a campaign to raise awareness of the consequences of drink driving during the festive season, with a clear message – don’t drink and drive. One year on since the introduction of the new Drink Drive legislation, the activity will support Police Scotland’s enforcement campaign in December.

82% of Scots Agree Drink Driving is Unacceptable

Festive Campaign Reminds Motorists ‘Don’t Risk It’.

Four out of five Scots believe that drink driving is unacceptable. Twelve months on from the Scottish Government introducing a lower drink drive limit, new research from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland (part of Transport Scotland) reveals Scots are changing their behaviour, with 82% agreeing drink driving is unacceptable.

  • 67% of people wouldn’t consider driving the morning after drinking on a night out
  • 77% of people would choose to take public transport to get home instead of driving, with only 5% saying they would still take the car.

The research coincides with the launch of Police Scotland’s festive enforcement campaign this weekend, and new figures show the number of drink driving offences in Scotland has fallen by 12.5% from December 2014 to August 2015, compared to the same period the previous year. This is a fall in the number of offences from 4,208 to 3,682.

For more information about the campaign and how you can help visit Don’t Risk It website.

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2014

Transport Scotland Statisticians released the final figures for road casualties reported to the police in Scotland in 2014.

The figures show that between 2013 and 2014 in Scotland:

  • There was an increase of 12% in the number of fatal accidents;
  • There was an increase of 4% in Serious injury accidents;
  • There was a decrease of 3% in slightly injury accidents;
  • 16% more people were killed in road accidents;
  • 2% more people were seriously injured in road accidents;
  • The total number of casualties decreased by 2%.

These statistics provide updates on progress against Scotland’s road safety targets as set out in the Scottish Road Safety Framework. Compared to the 2004-2008 baseline, in 2014 there were:

  • 200 fatalities, a reduction of 31 per cent (2015 milestone - 30% reduction; 2020 target - 40% reduction).
  • 1,699 serious injuries, a reduction of 35 per cent (2015 milestone - 43% reduction; 2020 target - 55% reduction).
  • an average of six children killed over the last three years, a reduction of 61 per cent (2015 milestone - 35% reduction; 2020 target - 50% reduction).
  • 171 children seriously injured, a reduction of 47% (2015 milestone - 50% reduction; 2020 target - 65% reduction).

The full statistical publication is available on the Transport Scotland website.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Christmas holiday season is here again and we’re heading towards of one of the happiest times of the year.

While you enjoy the time with friends and family that this season brings, stay mindful of the potential hazards and risks that can bring unwanted tragedy to your door.

Whether on the road, at home, work or during leisure activities keep focused on the safety of yourself, your family and friends in mind.

Thank you for the support you have given to ScORSA during 2015, and I look forward to working with you again during 2016.

FREE ScORSA Resources

The Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) has revamped their items for change for 2015. We now produce A4 notepads to compliment the very popular A6 notepads, both of which feature various road safety messages.

This year we have also reintroduced the very popular wind up torches and key rings which also feature our new campaign ethos of Come Home Safe. As a way of supporting your efforts to improve occupational road risk, all these resources are free of charge to all ScORSA members.

To order your promotional items just Email us.

For more information about ScORSA or to become a member, please visit our website.