On Thursday (March 5), the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA
) will be holding a free seminar aimed at equipping those who drive for work to be safer on the road.
The event, Driving for work, what’s the risk
?, will take place at the Jurys Inn, Guild Street, and is being run in partnership with RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum and Women in Health and Safety. As well as hosting a number of high-profile speakers, it will give those who drive for work or who work in transportation services an opportunity to network and exchange knowledge.
The keynote speaker at the seminar will be Bertrand Deiss, head of road safety policy at Transport Scotland. He will provide an update on Scotland’s emerging Road Safety Framework to 2030. Attendees at the ScORSA event will also be hearing from Wes Boulstridge, fire safety adviser at University of Strathclyde, and Julie Smith, area communications officer, north safety camera unit who will give a presentation about the work of the Safety Camera Partnership, a unit of Police Scotland.
Dr Karen McDonnell, RoSPA’s occupational health and safety adviser, who will also be speaking at the event, said: “According to figures
from the Department for Transport, around a quarter of road accidents in the UK involve at least one person who is driving for work. This makes driving one of the riskiest activities you can do as part of your employment.
“I would encourage anyone whose job role involves driving to get involved with ScORSA – it is free to join and we enable our members to share knowledge and best practice that helps prevent accidents and loss of life on the road.”
ScORSA is well placed to help and support small and medium sized businesses to manage occupational road risk, especially where such specialist knowledge would normally be outside budgetary constraints.
By law, employers are required to treat driving or riding for work in the same way as any other health and safety risk. They must conduct suitable risk assessments and take all "reasonably practicable measures" to manage these.
There are still some places available for what promises to be an interesting and informative event on March 5. You can register via Eventbrite at bit.ly/3ahHBXR