NRSPP Monthly Bulletin – No. 64 December 2019 Newsletter

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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:

NRSPP Achievements

The 2019 NRSPP Utilities Forum Report has been finalised and released.
NRSPP November Webinar featured: APA Group’s case study on Safety Culture in a H&S Strategy
NRSPP December Webinar featured: SunSmart: why it’s important to think about sun protection on the road
NRSPP presented at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Trauma Symposium: Pedestrians Staying Safe in Melbourne.
National Transport Research Awards for 2019 featured for the 3rd year the NRSPP Re:act award for Communication Design students from Swinburne University of Technology for the winning team with 100% Human Campaign.


Brits Driving Differently

Hyundai today releases new research that shows there are 36,750 different ways to drive, with even the type of car you drive affecting your driving style. The figure has been reached by identifying the six most important factors that impact driving style and developing a real life measurement for each.

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Accelerating To Better Health

The Driving Health Survey: The largest national transport and industry health and wellbeing study focusing on the health of Australian Truck Drivers. Truck drivers are being encouraged to take part in a 10-minute online survey to improve the mental and physical health of drivers.

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How To Avoid Unintentional Trailer Disconnection

Safer Together recently published a Learning Event Bulletin about an unintentional trailer disconnection. One of our members, Centurion, has an innovation that will help. And they want to let the Industry know about it.

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It’s Time To Update The IVMS Specification

Safer Together introduced a Common In-Vehicle Monitoring System (IVMS) Specification for the Queensland Natural Gas Exploration and Production Industry in 2015.

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Taking Dangerous Drivers Off The Road

Queensland drivers illegally using mobile devices behind the wheel will be targeted with the toughest penalties in Australia to increase road safety.

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Tougher Fines Dial Up Pressure On Distracted Drivers

Queensland drivers illegally using mobile devices behind the wheel will be targeted with the toughest penalties in Australia to increase road safety.

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NSW Legalises Mobile Phone Payments From Behind The Wheel

In an Australian first NSW drivers are permitted to use their phone as a digital wallet as long as the vehicle is stationary and off road, in a car park, drive-through or driveway.

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RAAG’s New Road Safety Video: Consequences

RAAG’s goal was to develop a hard-hitting educational video to invoke action. Encouraging ‘Mates’ to STEP UP and stop others from taking risks, driving when they shouldn’t or doing something that they know is wrong.

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Hard Edge Changing Behaviour With Launch Of ATA’s Safety Truck

The ATA (Australian Trucking Association) engaged strategic communications agency Hard Edge to redesign the Volvo ATA Safety Truck and develop the SafeT360 website, cementing Hard Edge’s reputation for engaging young audiences with effective road safety campaigns.

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The World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims – 17 November

On November 17 was the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Trauma Victims – 1.3M deaths & many more serious injuries worldwide each year. It’s vital we take this day to reflect on these incomprehensible statistics.

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Public Given Opportunity To Experience Autonomous Emergency Braking

Australasia’s independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP SAFETY, has provided consumers with the ability to experience active collision avoidance technology, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), first-hand.

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NRSPP Monthly Focus

A bit of a different take for this month to the traditional workplace road safety focus, NRSPP is exploring the risk of UV protection when out on the road. Organisations have a duty of care to protect their workers and provide a safe work environment.

When workers are out in the elements that translates to UV protection, when you consider Australia is known as the sunburnt country this should not apply to your workers.
As summer heats up and UV becomes extreme, discussion should extend to include being SunSmart as part of the broader road safety conversation.

Be safe over the holiday period, have breaks, enjoy your time with family and friends. Remember the road safety Fatal Five, be SunSmart and we will see you in 2020.


Sun Protection At Work – Not Worthy Dying Over

We’re pretty good in Australia about sun protection. If we’re heading to the beach or sending our kids off to sports carnivals, sunscreen, a hat and protective clothing are top of the list. But what about at work, or in a vehicle?

There’s plenty of good reasons to take sun protection just as seriously during our working day, particularly if you work outdoors or spend a substantial amount of time behind the wheel.

One very good reason is staying alive. By age 70, two-thirds of us will be diagnosed with skin cancer. But 95% of skin cancers can be prevented with good sun protection.

From an employer’s point of view, you’re legally obliged to ensure your people can work safely and without risk to their health; this includes exposure to UV radiation. If that’s not a good enough reason, not adding to the $63m sun exposure-related workers compensation claims cost employers from 2000-2012 might be.

And if staying alive isn’t enough incentive for employees, don’t forget you also have a responsibility for your own safety and health and must follow UV protection policies and use sun protective measures provided. For those who work outdoors, your risk of skin cancer increases by up to 10 times.