Over 30% of vehicles on Australian roads are driven for work-related purposes. At certain times of the day, two out of three vehicles are making work related trips. There is also evidence to suggest that more people are injured driving work-related vehicles than non-work related vehicles.
Safety Management for the Occupational Driver Program aims to develop the skills of supervisors in identifying situations in which their drivers may be at risk on the road (e.g., drivers are tired, stressed, under pressure to meet deadlines) and to manage these situations effectively. The goal of this program is to create sustainable safety management systems that are focused on reducing workrelated road traffic injury and death.
In Australia Road traffic injury is the leading cause of work-related death. Despite this, limited attention has been given to preventive strategies, beyond individual compliance. Workgroup supervisors (those who monitor and regulate drivers in their performance of assigned tasks, both driving and nondriving related) play a pivotal role in creating a safe work environment.
For example, a supervisor showing concern for a driver through increased safetyrelated discussions is associated with safer driving behaviour by the employee. Despite the acceptance of the link between leadership and safety outcomes, there is little guidance about the mechanisms in which supervisors can change safe driving at work.