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Lessons in creating an occupational road safety initiative - The WorkSafeBC Experience

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Date added July 10, 2018
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Category 2018 CARSP XXVIII Victoria
Tags Policy and Practice, Session 6B
Author/Auteur Pollard, Wyatt
Stream/Volet Policy and Practice
Slidedeck Presentation Only (no paper submitted)

6B - Ordeman


Work-related motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of traumatic workplace death in BC. On average each year, 21 workers are killed and another 1,280 injured and miss time from work due to an work-related crash.

Over the last nine years, WorkSafeBC has learned a lot about developing and implementing a collaborative, multi-agency occupational road safety initiative (ORSI), externally branded as Road Safety at Work (RSAW), to reduce the number of work-related crashes, injuries and fatalities in BC. It believes its experience might be of value to other organizations. Create an understanding of:
* how WorkSafeBC created Road Safety At Work, how it is funded and structured and how it operates
* its programs, campaigns and results
* lessons learned along the way as to what works and what doesn't This presentation would be of interest to occupational health and safety professionals, employees of non-profit, public and private sector organizations responsible for health and safety, employees of Workers Compensation Boards in Canada, managers and supervisors of employees who drive for work, and employees who drive for work. Participants will:
* take a group quiz about occupational road safety issues
* participate in an interactive presentation
* be given a "take-away" resource, which includes a list of do's and don'ts about how to establish a successful road safety initiative and key findings from our research
* have an opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences The presentation will deliver:
* information about the size and scope of the occupational road safety issue in BC (workplace motor-vehicle incident (MVI) trends in BC, significance of the issue, and key contributing factors)
* a history of how WorkSafeBC established its Road Safety At Work initiative
* insight into its current funding, structure and operating model
* insight into the advantages and disadvantages of WorkSafeBC""s approach
* information about the evolution of RSAW's programs, products and services, including an orientation to how attendees (and their stakeholders) could potentially leverage the free RSAW offerings (online courses and resources, workshops, webinars, advising service, etc.)
* data about its research, programs and campaign results
* key learnings on how to develop and deliver an occupational road safety initiative