NTC looks to road safety collaboration

Road safety sharing initiative aims to get exposure for best strategies

NTC looks to road safety collaboration
The NTC wants safety strategies spread


Sharing road safety knowledge has become easier thanks to a new program launched by the National Transport Commission (NTC).

The National Road Safety Partnership Program offers a collaborative network, including tools, support links and simple steps to improving safety in a workplace.

Led by major industry players, the program gives employers a library of useful road safety programs that have proven to work, NTC CEO Paul Retter says.

"Other organisations can simply find an idea that could work in their workplace and start implementing it," Retter says.

"If organisations find something that works they should actively share it around – even to their competitors.

"Instead of governments bringing in more red take to keep employees safe this program gets the same outcomes just by sharing success stories."

The program has the potential to cut road toll and reduce congestion, he adds.

"Following the success of seatbelts and speed cameras, road safety experts are now looking for the next big thing to reduce our road toll.

"Experts predict that road crashes will kill or injure 170,000 Australians over the next five years and work-related road crashes account for almost half of all Australian workplace deaths.

"If businesses share ways of keeping their employees safe on the road there is no doubt that they can have a significant impact on our road toll."

Companies such as Coca-Cola Amatil, BHP Billiton, Telstra, Uniting Care Queensland, Hanson, Holden, Shell and Origin Energy have signed up to the program.

Coca-Cola Amatil’s National Health and Safety Operations Manager Neil Smedly says the company is keen to share its knowledge to help others reduce the risk of crashing.

"Coca-Cola Amatil employees travel more than 56 million kilometres per year, which is why we are using a combination of e-learning and behaviour-based  safety programs," Smedly says.

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