BURNABY, BC, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - WorkSafeBC has launched a new online
safe driving website in partnership with the BCAA Road Safety
Foundation. RoadSafetyAtWork.ca is aimed at employers whose workers are required to drive in the course
of their work.
The website features a host of tips and materials to help employers and
workers stay safe while on the road and guides employers through five
simple steps to enhance road policies or create new ones:
getting management to commit to improvements,
reviewing the status of existing occupational road safety measures,
identifying risks and hazards,
developing strategies, and
making an action plan.
Each step provides instructions, sample forms, and/or best practices for
B.C. employers in order to reduce and eliminate motor vehicle
incidents, regardless of a company's size or industry.
Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government Margaret
MacDiarmid says this new website will help employers promote and
enhance safety for their drivers. "Employers need to remember promoting
workplace safety means ensuring a safety strategy is in place no matter
where the work is taking place - and that includes when workers get
behind the wheel of a company vehicle. RoadSafetyAtWork.ca will give employers the information and tools they need to keep their
workforce both healthy and productive."
WorkSafeBC director of Industry and Labour Services, Dale Walker, says
this collection of resources is one more tool to prevent injuries among
BC's working drivers. "Between 2006 and 2010, there were, on average,
24 worker deaths related to motor vehicle incidents in B.C. each year. RoadSafetyAtWork.ca will help employers take steps to protect their workers on the road."
Allan Lamb, BCAA Road Safety Foundation president and chief operating
officer, agrees. "Road safety applies to all aspects of our lives,
including our work. With this website, it's our goal to help employers
and employees implement safe driving practices and reduce the number of
workers injured or killed as a result of work-related motor vehicle
WorkSafeBC and BCAA Road Safety Foundation developed the online tool kit
in consultation with a range of public and private employers, along
with representatives from industry health and safety organizations. The
partners plan to augment RoadSafetyAtWork.ca with additional resources, including an employer outreach program and
advisory service, employer-targeted training workshops, and tools for
people who use their own vehicles for business, otherwise known as
members of the "grey fleet."
RoadSafetyAtWork.ca is one of several road safety initiatives supported by WorkSafeBC and
the BCAA Road Safety Foundation. The others include the Cone Zone
campaign and the Shift into Winter campaign. Cone Zone aims to prevent
injury among roadside workers, such as traffic control persons,
landscape maintenance workers, and emergency services personnel, while
Shift into Winter raises awareness about the dangers of driving in
WorkSafeBC is an independent, provincial statutory agency governed by a
board of directors that serves about 2.3 million workers and more than
200,000 employers. WorkSafeBC was born from the historic compromise
between B.C.'s workers and employers in 1917, where workers gave up the
right to sue their employers and fellow workers for injuries on the job
in return for a no-fault insurance program fully paid for by employers.
WorkSafeBC is committed to safe and healthy workplaces and to providing
return-to-work rehabilitation and legislated compensation benefits.
The BCAA Road Safety Foundation is a non-profit, registered charity that
works with families, communities, and business partners to reduce the
number and severity of driving-related injuries in B.C. by developing
effective, community-oriented programs and interventions that make a
SOURCE BCAA Traffic Safety Foundation
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