February 2019 Newsletter No. 54

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Welcome to the latest newsletter from the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP). NRSPP is a government-supported, industry-led collaborative network which aims to support Australian businesses and organisations to develop a positive road safety culture and help protect their workers and the public, not only during work hours but also when staff are ‘off-duty’.

This edition will cover:
•    EVENTS 

NRSPP Achievements


A Message From The Queensland Minister For Transport And Main Roads The Honourable Mark Bailey: Help Us Stop Illegal Mobile Phone Use

The Palaszczuk Government is putting out the call for technology that prevents drivers from using mobile phones.

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Vehicle Choice Plays An Important Role In Saving Lives On NSW Roads

“Driver behaviour and enforcement are key to saving lives on our roads, but one key element that is often overlooked is the safety of the vehicle you’re in,” said NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy.

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Drones Shown To Make Traffic Crash Site Assessments Safer, Faster And More Accurate

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Idling in a long highway line of slowed or stopped traffic on a busy highway can be more than an inconvenience for drivers and highway safety officers.

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Only Counting Deaths Makes Us Complacent

Australasian College of Road Safety President, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh AM, said last month that “Australia is well behind its own targets to reduce deaths and injuries from road crashes.”

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Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities Australia 2017

This report provides national statistics on all workers and bystanders fatally injured at work. This report does not include fatalities that occurred while the worker was commuting to or from work (commuter fatalities).

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Stars Or Standards? A Review Of Motorcycle Protective Clothing From The Southern Hemisphere

There is plenty of advice to be found in general terms with regard to protective clothing for motorcyclists, but when it comes to the performance of individual products the picture is less clear.

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NRSPP Monthly Focus

Most people hate change simply because we are naturally hardwired to resist it. So when facing change people argue, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ or “I have been doing it this way for 30 years why now”.

Change is a key barrier any organisation faces when they restructure or introduce a new policy which will impact their workers. Just announcing change does not itself create success but rather may be a path to failure. Instead, a more effective approach to change is having a ‘genuine conversation’ and sharing control before decisions are made.

The theme for this month explores change management. Many of our successful case studies and webinars demonstrate why this is important, as does our webinar on 21 February Changing how we change: overcoming resistance to introducing new policies.


Driving Change: ‘It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It’

When it comes to change, it’s the uncertainty of the unknown rather than the change itself that we’re afraid of, says Futureye Director Daniel Abbas. Change triggers emotional or psychological responses, causing us to fear the worst, feel a loss of control or setting off our “outrage triggers…which means there’s little chance to engage in rational dialogue about what’s actually going to happen.”

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NRSPP Thought Leadership
Changing How We Change: Overcoming Resistance To Introducing New Policies

The only constant, someone once said, is change. Why, then, are we so afraid of change, and why is it so hard to effectively introduce something new. This Thought Leadership piece briefly outlines some key considerations in introducing a new policy, or any other change, in your organisation.

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NRSPP Resources

NRSPP Resources
Risk Assessment EBook

Driving for Better Safety is an eBook on assessing work-related road risk produced by SHP online in collaboration with Driving for Better Business.

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Webinar: Toll NQX Talks Heavy Vehicle Safety

Leading road freight company Toll NQX shared its approach for industry players wishing to adopt similar safe driving practices.

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Webinar: Work Health And Safety In Community Transport – Everybody’s Responsibility

In this webinar, we discuss the steps we take to involve all staff and volunteers in WH&S in Community Transport.

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Leading Productive People: A Manager’s Seven Steps To Success

The reality of Australia’s changing demographics—an ageing population, critical skill shortages and a shrinking proportion of younger people entering the labour market—presents ever increasing and acute capability issues for organisations.

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Metropolitan Express Transport Services: Prioritising Safety Drives Major Savings In Operating Costs

‘Safety is our number one priority.’ It’s a common claim but rarely do companies live the motto like Metropolitan Express Transport Services (METS) has. METS created many of its own safety innovations, which are used in its own fleet without hindering drivers’ everyday practices, reflecting a company-wide focus on safety that drivers support and that has cut insurance costs in half.

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Bureau Of Meteorology – Long Distances And Remote Locations: Keeping Drivers Safe

When its staff identified driving as a key safety risk, the Bureau of Meteorology took action to minimise the risk its people faced driving long distances in remote areas. Through management and employee support, the Bureau has improved driver safety and saved tens of thousands of dollars in claim costs along the way.

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NRSPP Discussion Paper: The Power Of Incentives In Improving Workplace Road Safety

The Power of Incentives in Improving Workplace Road Safety discusses the effectiveness of incentives as measures to motivate safer driving practices among fleet drivers.

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The Challenge Of Developing A Fleet Driving Risk Assessment Tool: What Can Be Learned From The Process?

One of the riskiest activities in the course of a person’s work is driving.

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Scott Corporation: Technology And Safety: Making It Work For You And Your Drivers

When you transport dangerous goods, quality safety procedures are mandatory – both for the company and for drivers.

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Managing Risks To Drivers In Road Transport

This report presents a number of case studies in managing risks to road transport drivers. The cases feature a variety of initiatives and interventions to protect drivers.

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The New Driver’s Guide To Safety Behind The Wheel 

Getting your driver’s license is a wonderful milestone – if you have a car to use, you can go anywhere! Say hello to weekends at the beach with your mates or even driving across town for concerts without having to worry about being picked up afterwards.

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Managing Risks To Drivers In Road Transport: Good Practice Cases

In the road transport sector, as with any other, it is important to pay attention to working conditions in order to ensure a skilled and motivated workforce.

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Think Talking On Your Hands-Free While Driving Is Safe? Think Again

Research carried out by Dr Graham J. Hole (University of Sussex) with Dr Gemma F. Briggs and Dr Jim A. J. Turner (Open University) reveals overwhelming evidence that – contrary to popular assumption – driving while having a phone conversation using hands-free technology is as risky as using a hand-held phone.

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Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning – FREE Upcoming Webinar

February 12, 2019

The Presentation Will Summarise Activities In Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) In EU And The Czech Republic And Introduce Bicycle Transportation As A Key Aspect.Read More… 

Abstract & Symposium Submissions Are NOW OPEN!

February 15, 2019

The 2019 Australasian Road Safety Conference Organising Committee invites Extended Abstract submissions from those interested in presenting oral papers and poster papers at the Conference.
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Changing How We Change: Overcoming Resistance To Introducing New Policies

February 21, 2019

Join us for this FREE National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) webinar.

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PACTS Conference: Driving Down Risk – Work-Related Road Safety

March 25, 2019

The PACTS Conference ‘Driving Down Risk – work-related road safety’, will take place on the 28th March at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Westminster.
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Trucking Australia 2019

April 3-5, 2019

Join the nation’s trucking operators and industry stakeholders as we tackle the big issues – together.
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