19 September 2012
Employers should consider the experience and training of young drivers at work as early as the recruitment stage, according to the findings of a report due to be revealed today at the 18th annual RoSPA Scotland Occupational Safety and Health Congress.
The event, at the Hilton Glasgow on Wednesday, September 19, will include a “Protecting young at-work drivers” presentation, giving professionals involved managing occupational road risk for young drivers the opportunity to examine and discuss the implications of best practice recommendations.
The findings of the study, conducted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and supported by educational partner Scottish Centre for Health Working Lives, revealed that there are issues with young driver experience in general and more specifically, involving different vehicle types such as vans. The report recommends that firms ensure that their recruitment processes identify driver experience and ascertain training needs at an early stage.
Young drivers up to age 25 make up an estimated 8 per cent of the licence holders but are known to be involved in around 25 per cent of road accidents. They are more likely to be involved in an accident than any other age group and four times more likely to be involved in an accident when accompanied by passengers their own age.
During the congress, which takes place the day before the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards ceremony, delegates will explore current and future health and safety issues in the wider context of budget cuts through case studies and knowledge sharing with other Scottish businesses.
A variety of case study reviews covering safety leadership, communication, and health and wellbeing will run throughout the day, with plenty of top tips and practical advice given by prominent Scottish health and safety professionals. The involvement of a major Scottish firm in the resounding success of the “Big Build” project for the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will also be examined, and its legacy explored.
Kathleen Braidwood, RoSPA Scotland’s road safety officer, said: “It is estimated that one in three crashes involves a vehicle being driven for work. Company car drivers are around 50 per cent more likely to crash per mile and are more likely to be the party legally responsible for causing a crash.
“Young drivers face, and can create, a higher risk than more experienced drivers. Accidents can be costly in business terms for employers but more importantly, in human terms, they can devastate families and communities.
“We know from this and other investigations that there are areas where the training and support offered to young drivers can be improved to benefit both the employee and employer. The congress is the perfect opportunity to discuss best practice with a variety of professionals with responsibility for managing the occupational safety and wellbeing of young drivers.”
To view the full programme, visit www.rospa.com/events/scotlandcongress/. To find out more about RoSPA’s work with young drivers, visit www.rospa.com/roadsafety/youngdriversatwork/.