What is #OSHtober?
#OSHtober is RoSPA's annual month-long workplace safety campaign, which runs throughout October. Each year RoSPA focuses on a specific topic which highlights the devastating impacts that workplace accidents and ill health have.
This year #OSHtober will raise awareness of the most dangerous work activity that most people do. Driving for work contributes to far more work-related accidental deaths and serious injuries than all other work activities.
Why Driving for Work?
Very few organisations can operate without using the road. Millions of vehicles (lorries, vans, taxis, buses, emergency service vehicles, company cars, motorcycles, bicycles) are used for work.
The HSE estimate that "more than a quarter of all road traffic incidents may involve somebody who is driving as part of their work at the time."
"As someone who drives for work on behalf of RoSPA, a member of the ScORSA steering group and someone who loves a road-trip, I recognise that driving is probably one of the most dangerous activities I participate in. Driving is very much a ‘whole person, whole life’ activity and the lessons learned in pursuit of a RoSPA Gold have allowed me to develop transferable skills which keep my colleagues, family, friends and other road users safe."
Dr Karen McDonnell, Head of RoSPA Scotland & Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser
Join in with #OSHtober
The campaign will provide tips, facts and statistics while the #OSHtober hashtag and free resources will help to spread the word. You can get involved by joining in discussions, doing everything you can to improve workplace safety and exploring our resources:
If you have a personal story you would like to share as part of our campaigning work, please contact us on: +44 (0)121 248 2082/2076 or by email at email@example.com.