Why should an organisation develop a Consequence Management Framework for work related driving safety?
This Q&A explores what a consequence management framework is, the importance of having a clear and comprehensive consequence management framework for work related driving safety, and how such a framework may be developed.
Scope of the problem:
Driving for work is one of the most dangerous work related activities1a, 1b, 1c. In fact, individuals who drive for work are twice as likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash than personal car drivers, accounting for over 33% of all road fatalities each year.
Although road users are expected to comply with traffic and Work Health and Safety legislation, it is no longer assumed that the responsibility of a work related vehicle crash lies solely with a driver3. Rather, companies and organisations have been shown to play a key role, especially in the area
of workplace frameworks and reforms. In acknowledging their role, many organisations have begun to develop and implement a consequence management framework specifically aimed at work related driving safety. Such a framework aims to effectively manage compliance with road
rules, and safety policies and procedures to encourage safe driving behaviour on all Australian roads.
This Q&A utilises case studies from NRSPP partners including: Sanofi, Telstra and SA Power Networks.
What is a Consequence Management Framework?
Companies and organisations have a responsibility to comply with many legislative requirements. Additionally, employees within an organisation have an obligation to comply with internal procedures and policies. A consequence management framework, also known as a compliance policy, is an internal system or process that outlines an organisation’s approach to managing compliance and mitigating compliance risk.
In the area of work related road safety, a consequence management framework encourages an organisation to act in accordance with relevant traffic and Work Health and Safety legislation and ensures that employees uphold organisational road safety practices.
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