Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees
It is estimated that in Europe six out of ten work accidents resulting in death are road crashes, including both crashes while driving for work and commuting crashes. (Eurogip)
Using the roads is a necessary part of everyone’s daily business, increasingly for work-related purposes. It is therefore unacceptable that an ordinary activity leads to an incredibly high level of injury and death.
ETSC has launched PRAISE, a 3 year project addressing all safety aspects of driving ‘at’ work and driving ‘to’ work. Its aim is to “praise” best practices in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees.
PRAISE aims to:
-advance the need for work-related Road Safety Management and provide the know-how to employers who must take on that challenge.
-raise the work-related road safety standards of EU Member States and carry out advocacy work at the EU level: work-related road safety is an area of road safety policy that needs renewed political commitment.
-communicate the message that work-related road safety should include road safety ‘at’ work (driving on duty) but also road safety ‘to’ work (commuting).
ETSC will prepare three thematic reports annually covering different work-related road safety topics. ETSC will also develop three fact sheets annually documenting success stories to illustrate the thematic reports. ETSC will publish a road safety manual. An annual Award will be presented to one employer who will be identified for taking on the road safety challenge successfully. The Thematic Reports and award will be launched at an annual event. Every year ETSC will also organise two country seminars bringing together road safety professionals and national decision makers to discuss occupational road safety.
PRAISE is run by the ETSC secretariat in co-operation with the German Road Safety Council (DVR), the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu), and Fundación MAPFRE. Contact Ellen Townsend.