EASST/Cranfield University Occupational Road Safety Diploma Course

EASST, in association with Cranfield University, is pleased to provide a training course designed to improve knowledge and skills in managing occupational road safety. Cranfield University is a globally significant centre of expertise in science, technology, engineering and management. The new course has been produced in partnership with EASST, drawing upon the expertise of Dr Lisa Dorn, PhD in Driver Behaviour and Director of the Driving Research Group at Cranfield, and Adrian Walsh, Chairman, UN Road Safety Collaboration Working Group on Occupational Road Safety (member of EASST Advisory Board).

The first course took place in London in late November with the participation of EASST colleagues from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine and the UK

The new course is designed to provide trainees with the ability to:

  1. Describe how to make a business case for road safety
  2. Understand the main elements of road safety management
  3. Describe the role of the road safety manager
  4. Understand some of the methods for managing driver behaviour
  5. Describe what financial data should be monitored in order to manage occupational road safety
  6. Understand how to ensure the safety of vehicle fleets and their use
  7. Understand how drivers exposed to pressures increases crash risk
  8. Understand how to monitor and regularly report on road safety performance
  9. Understand how poor road safety management affects profitability and reputation
  10. Understand how to develop an action plan for occupational road safety management

The diploma course is delivered through a combination of lecture presentations, case studies, video material, group discussions, expert panels and group exercises.

The first course took place in London in late November with the participation of EASST partners and colleagues from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine and the UK. The course benefited from the input of road safety champions from companies involved in the ‘Driving for Better Business’ campaign including Tesco.com, Arval, Amey, Skanska, Shell and the Freight Transport Association

Chinara Kasmambetova of Kyrgyzstan Road Safety NGO receives the diploma

The course addresses occupational road safety issues through ten sessions delivered over three days. These create a vision of why road risk is a significant hazard for people at work; identify the main elements of Road Safety management; and identify the key personnel involved in managing and monitoring road safety – making the important point that leadership is vital. Examples of road safety management in practice are considered, providing more detail on effective driver management, financial management and monitoring, vehicle management and managing a safe work environment (including journey planning and eco-driving). The substantial savings that can be made from reducing road risk are illustrated with real examples – among these reductions in insurance costs, less damage to vehicles and goods, fewer losses in work time and better staff retention.

At the end of the course trainees receive a diploma in Occupational Road Safety Management from Cranfield University and EASST. The course is now being developed and will be offered soon in EASST partner countries in local languages.

EASST would like to thank the following people for their kind assistance and tremendous expertise:

Andrew Kemp, Occupational Road Risk Manager, Tesco.com
Tracey Scarr, CSR Manager, Arval
Ashok Kulkarni, Downstream Road Safety Manager East & Africa, Shell
Kevin Hardwick, Senior Training Instructor, Freight Transport Association
Dean Benson, Contract Director Transportation, Amey (link to Dean and AdBd)
Alison Moriarity, Fleet Road Safety Manager, Skanska

We are grateful too to the EBRD and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for their support  and for hosting this first course in their London headquarters.

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