Safety Management for the Occupational Driver
Road crashes are now the most common cause of work-related injury, death and absence in Australia.
Intervention in this field has primarily focused on improving driver behaviour through programs targeting driving skill. However, there is limited evidence to support the effectiveness of this approach in improving safe driver behaviour.
Research supports the Behavioural Management approach
- Research has found that skill-based driver training promotes over confidence in driving ability and this places drivers at risk on the road.
- An alternative approach found to have sustainable improvement in safe driving practices is behavioural management. This approach incorporates techniques including, group-based discussion, feedback and goal setting.
The MUARC Workplace Road Safety Training Package
The MUARC workplace road safety training package adopts the principles of behaviour change within a multidimensional approach to enhancing workplace road safety. In addition to its evidence-based foundation, the MUARC workplace road safety training package is unique in that it targets both drivers and supervisors of work-related drivers.
The aim of the MUARC workplace road safety training package is to create a culture where road safety is integrated within existing safety practices and embedded within the safety values of workers at all levels of the organisation.
- The Safe Behaviour in Occupational Driving program targets work-related drivers and is designed to challenge the key beliefs of unsafe driving practices.
- The Safety Management for the Occupational Driver program targets supervisors (or line-managers) of work-related drivers and is designed to develop the skills of supervisors in identifying situations in which drivers are at risk on the road and in managing these situations effectively.