September 2015 Newsletter

Courses and Events

ScORSA St Andrew’s Seminar

Our next St. Andrew’s Seminar will take place at Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 1TH, on Wednesday, 25th November 2015.

A third of all road crashes involve someone who is driving for work purposes so it makes good business sense to manage occupational road risk. More employees are killed in “at work road accidents” than in all other occupational accidents combined.

By attending you will:

  • Gain information on how to manage occupational road risk and to take advantage of free advice and support available and also know more about:
    • Good Practice and implementation of MORR Policies and Standards
    • Managing your Fleet Risk
    • ScORSA update
    • Legislation and most importantly you will be able to take advantage of a tremendous networking opportunity.

There is no cost involved for you – this is a free event.

We would like delegates to bring along someone from out-with their organisation either from their supply chain, sub contractors or clients to help broaden the safety culture.

You can download the application form from ScORSA website and email it to ScORSA.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The delivery programme is intended to run over the period of one year. We will progress through the six modules in sequence during 2015/16 and intersperse these with some of the Specialist Units. The delivery of the Specialist Units will follow a separate programme based on demand and commitments within the rest of the SQA programme. To achieve your certificate you need to complete and gain a pass in the six modules (Priority Road Users; Road Casualty Profile; Partnership Working; Education, Training and Publicity; Evaluation and Presentation and Communication Skills). The specialist units are optional (In-Car Safety and Management of Occupational Road Risk).

Overall there is no pressure to complete the programme within one year. The programme is flexible. The same can be said for the Specialist Units. A tutor will be appointed to assist candidates with each module. For the SQA qualification you are reminded you need to achieve a pass in all six modules.

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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.

Deaths on the road increase by 4 per cent in 2014

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says more needs to be done to protect vulnerable road users after new figures revealed a rise in the number of deaths on Britain’s roads.

There were a total of 11,240 road casualties reported in 2014, (264 or 2% fewer than 2013) and the lowest number of casualties since records began in 1950. Of which there were:

  • 200 fatalities: 28 (or 16%) more than 2013 - This updates National Indicator 32: “Reduce deaths on Scotland’s roads.”
  • 1,694 seriously injured: 22 (or 1%) more than 2013
  • 9,346 slightly injured: 314 (or 3%) fewer than 2013

According to the figures released by Transport Scotland, there was no change in the pedal cycle casualties from 2013, however, there was 5 fewer fatalities than in 2013.

The statistics released by the Department for Transport show an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured, in particular pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, last year (2014) compared to 2013 in Great Britain.

RoSPA is concerned as the figures show a four per cent rise in deaths to 1,775. Of particular concern is the number of vulnerable road users being killed or injured. Three-quarters of the increase in deaths were pedestrian casualties, meaning that last year one in four people killed on the road were pedestrians. There were also 16,727 child casualties in 2014 - up 6.2 per cent on the previous year.

Cyclists also still account for a disproportionately high number of casualties, with 113 killed in 2014. Worryingly, there was a huge rise in the number of cyclists being seriously injured, from 3,143 to a total of 3,401. This number has been increasing almost every year since 2004.

Motorcyclist deaths rose by 2 per cent from 331 in 2013 to 339 in 2014, and there was an increase of more than 400 who were seriously injured, taking the number to 5,628 in 2014, a rise of 9 per cent. Overall motorcyclist casualties increased from 18,752 to 20,366, an increase of 9 per cent.

There were almost 200,000 casualties last year on Britain’s roads - the first overall increase since 1997.

Traffic levels also rose by 2.4 per cent in 2014, which may account partly for the increase in deaths and injuries on our roads.
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at RoSPA, said: “As our economy improves, we can expect traffic levels to continue to increase, so we must do everything we can to make sure this does not lead to even more increases in road crashes and casualties.

“The reductions in road death and injury in recent years will not automatically be sustained, without a continued focus on road safety. We must remain focussed on making our roads safer for everyone, and especially for people travelling on foot and by two wheels.

“The number of pedestrian fatalities involving those over 60 has increased by 16 per cent, together with a 7 per cent increase in car occupants. With an aging population we must renew our efforts to reverse this phenomenon.”

RoSPA advocates a comprehensive road strategy to help prevent deaths and life-changing injuries. Many of these will directly help to make urban driving safer, as that saw a 9 per cent increase in fatalities to 783. Measures would include:

  • A reduction in the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to 50mg, to match Scotland and most of Europe
  • The introduction of a package of measures to reduce crashes involving young drivers, such as graduated driver licensing
  • Help for employers to reduce the risks their staff face and create when they drive or ride for work
  • Creation of a safe cycling environment and improvement of driver and cyclist attitudes and behaviour towards each other, to reduce cyclist casualties and help people who want to cycle, but are deterred from doing so because they think it is not safe enough
  • Introducing safer vehicles into our fleet as quickly as possible as vehicle technology improves
  • Ensuring there are sufficient numbers of road police officers to properly enforce road safety laws
  • Adopting Single/Double British Summer Time
  • Maximising the road safety benefits of Telematics and similar technologies for young drivers, businesses and commercial drivers.

RoSPA Driver Fleet Safety undergoing overhaul

The division of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which deals with fleet services will be getting a new name (formerly known as Driver and Fleet Solutions as part of some major changes that will see numerous benefits for its customers.
The change of name, which will see the division become RoSPA Fleet Safety, and a new website spearhead a host of advancements of its product offering across the board, which reflects its success to date and a demand from its clients to add more value.

Frances Richardson, director of operations at RoSPA, said: “The change of name is just the forerunner for many exciting changes we are making to the division, which will help us to position ourselves as one of the top, established fleet risk reduction providers in the UK.”

The developments include a heavy investment in new systems and processes, to ensure RoSPA stays ahead of a quickly-changing market.

This will involve the inclusion of Telematics as part of some services - and RoSPA is currently evaluating the most appropriate partners to help them deliver this.

Rick Wood, head of training for RoSPA Fleet Safety, said: “We want to be embracing technology, in particular around vehicle telemetry and effective management of data output to improve road safety, by delivery of relevant driver improvement interventions.
“We won’t be collecting data for data’s sake - we want to work with fleet managers to deliver safety improvements.”

The changes to the division will complement its burgeoning international work, which has seen it become the sole supplier to a number of multi-national firms, including several large oil organisations.


The 2015 Lex Autolease Report on Company Motoring

Lex Autolease published a report based on research carried out with 249 Fleet Managers and over 1,000 employees and supplemented by analysis of the Lex Autolease fleet of over 300,000 vehicles as well as data from Government and industry sources.

The report examines how attitudes towards the company car and organisational mobility are changing. It reveals how new technology and a more competitive labour market are influencing the way organisations manage their vehicles.

The report shows that while a small number of fleets saw some reduction in size, 38% of Fleet Managers in the Lex Autolease survey said their fleet has grown over the past year and 64% of company car drivers participants said a car is an important factor when taking a new job and 59% said their car is essential for their work.

Employers are being urged to take road risk management seriously after one in five (20%) drivers admitted to using a hand-held mobile phone while driving; one in 20 to drink driving and 3% said they had driven while under the influence of a drugs.

Almost two thirds of company car drivers also owned up to breaking the speed limit on urban or major roads, in the past 12 months.
The survey also reveals that 39% of those who use their car for work have had driver training or information provided by their employer, which is mandatory in some organisations where there is high risk, such as in petrochemicals or construction, but more than half (57%) of drivers say they think it is a good idea for everyone to have some driver training.

More than a third (34%) said it is a good idea for some drivers to undergo training and 37% of fleet managers say their organisation provides training on accident avoidance and safer driving, with 19% providing training on more economical driving.

Click here to access and download the full report.

HSE publishes a guide to workplace transport safety

HSE has published A guide to workplace transport safety which provides advice for employers on what they need to do to comply with the law and reduce risk. The guide is useful for managers, supervisors, employees and their safety representatives, as well as contractors, vehicle operators and other organisations concerned with workplace transport safety. It contains advice on your general legal duties and information on health and safety management. There is also more specific advice on controlling risks associated with workplace transport, which has been restructured into three main areas:

  • safe site (design and activity);
  • safe vehicle;
  • safe driver

Click here to access and download the guide

Vehicle Technology

Introducing Telematics

The introduction of Telematics in your company’s fleet still raises concerns about invasion of privacy, despite the fact that more and more companies are adopting the technology.

The company’s duty of care applies to the company cars as well as to the grey fleet vehicles.

As well as reporting on a vehicle’s location, Telematics gives an additional element of risk management by providing a profile of how safely and efficiently an employee is driving. This can provide useful information in the event of an accident.

Telematics are advantageous to both, employer and employees as drivers may see a reduction in their insurance premium, as well as removing the labour-intensive process of completing expense forms by hand.

For those who own their vehicles, some Telematics systems come with a privacy button, which can be applied according to company requirements, but at least allows the user to turn off tracking when driving private miles.

Even though Telematics has a lot of benefits for company and drivers, it can be hard to sell it. Fleet News website has published a six-point plan to gaining employee buy-in:

  1. Know why your company wants to install Telematics - Whether it is duty of care, monitoring driving techniques to improve driver behaviour, knowing where drivers are and how they got there, risk management surrounding incidents and accidents, to record mileages accurately or all those things, you cannot sell the idea to employees if you are not clear about why you are implementing the technology.
  2. Get buy-in from stakeholders - Before raising the idea with employees, it is important that the HR department is in agreement. Finance and procurement will also have an important say and the business case is likely to need to go to board level.
  3. Decide which type of system you want
  4. Consider data protection and employee privacy
  5. Get employee buy-in – Show them their safety is important for your company and the company has a duty of care over them and this is taken seriously. Also, show clearly how would be used, how the company is motivated to use the technology. Most drivers still think Telematics will be used as ‘big brother’ to spy on them. Show them this is not the case and point out the use of technology will enable them to perform their work more effectively and with lower cost.
  6. Create competition between drivers – for example, use an objective scoring system based on people’s driving. In this way, no one will want to be at the bottom of the table. It brings the subject alive for drivers and adding a prize or award motivates them to improve their driving style.

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 chamois style cloths 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 (for delivery in Scotland).

To order your promotional items just Email us.

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