The ISO 39001 – Road traffic safety management systems certification is a standard aimed at reducing deaths, incapacity and accidents caused by road accidents.
You can die in the workplace. And the first cause of death is road accidents. This would be enough to show how urgent it’s for companies and bodies to take the necessary initiatives to protect their workers. The ISO 39001 – Road Traffic Safety Management Systems certification goes in this direction. That’s to say, it provides the necessary guidance to create a road traffic management system aimed at reducing deaths, serious accidents and incapacities resulting from road collisions. How? Planning, controlling and measuring the factors that depend on the organisation, such as staff training.
Procedures ISO 39001
ISO 39001 can be applied on its own or as an addition to other standards such as ISO 9001. This is possible thanks to the structure of the standard in question. It’s an international rule, therefore applicable to any type of enterprise/organisation regardless of its nature or geographical location. Like other ISO standards, it provides for the structure according to the Deming Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle. This cycle allows to pursue the continuous improvement of the objectives of the organization/enterprise.
As already written, the 39001 standard has the same structure as other ISO standards; a structure designed to facilitate its application and management together with the standards having the same structure. This is a big help for those companies/organisations that have to coexist and integrate different standards too.
Advantages of ISO 39001
Saving an employee from a car accident already seems a huge advantage. Actually there are others related mainly to the costs’ reduction. Let’s see them together:
- civil liability insurance premiums’ reduction;
- inail insurance premiums’ reduction;
- costs for the repair of the means of transport’s reduction;
- accident benefit’s reduction for employees;
- possible advantages for tenders;
- increased confidence in stakeholders;
- sick leave’s reduction.
In addition to the specific advantages, it’s good to consider the phenomenon as a whole.
Road accidents are one of the first causes of death in Europe, with more than 120,000 deaths per year. This phenomenon unites Europe with most Western countries (estimated at over one million deaths a year on roads around the world). According to a ONU’s World Health Organization document, traffic accident’s wounds kill almost 350 people a day, or more than 127,000 every year in the European region monitored by the World Health Organisation.
It’s like a catastrophic event kills the population of a medium-sized city every year.
At least 2.4 million people are injured or disabled in road accidents every year.
Of these 2 million annual road accidents, about 65% occur in towns and villages, where pedestrians and cyclists are particularly exposed.
The amount of deaths and disability caused by traffic injuries makes it a predominant health problem. But death and road injuries aren’t random events. Determining which risk factors lead to accidents and how to prevent them is the main objective of the European study. This identifies measures that are known to work and highlights the “gap” between knowledge and its implementation: “The time has come – it’s claimed – to stop considering traffic deaths and injuries as an inevitable consequence of road use: such events are preventable”.
Training meant as a methodological approach based on an innovative risk’s analysis and on the value and effectiveness of the testimony, that is, the direct story of a person who has suffered an accident. The data clearly show that older workers find themselves having to set against experience, the burden of often exhausting working conditions».