RMG National Road Safety Week, 21st – 27th November – Focus on Supporting the ‘BRAKE’ Annual Road Safety Week – Updated Activity Plans for CWU ASRs, Operational Front Line Managers and for DSM, Collection & Other Managers:
To: All Branches with Postal Members
This LTB is being issued further to LTBs 284/16, 532/16, 545/16 and 673/16.
Further discussions have taken place with the Royal Mail Group Safety Health and Environment Team, Road Safety Team and Group Comms Team and subsequently some amendments have been made to the Activity Plans and the amended versions are attached for Branches information. As ASRs will know, the Road Safety Week Activity Plans were amended on 15th November and the amended Version 4 Plans were circulated to all Regions and Areas prior to the Road Safety Week Launch yesterday.
The main theme and aims of the campaign remain the same, however it was agreed that wording lifted by Royal Mail from the ‘Brake’ material could be expressed in better terms and that has been done.
The ‘BRAKE’ (Road Safety Charity) Road Safety Week theme and Pledge is:
SLOW – Don’t Speed.
SOBER – Don’t Drink and Drive and be aware of the ‘Morning After’ risk over Christmas and the New Year!
SILENT – Don’t use a Mobile Phone whilst driving.
SHARP – Take regular Eye Tests.
SUSTAINABLE – Minimise unnecessary driving.One of the Key Safer Driving Awareness Raising Messages this Christmas and New Year is awareness of the ‘Morning After’ as many Drink Drivers are caught the morning after a night out drinking. Studies have shown a worrying jump in the number caught by Police after a night out and arrests between 6am and 8am, especially on Monday’s are rising by 5% a year
Messages to alert members of are:-
The rise in ‘morning after’ arrests.
Many don’t realise they are still over the limit.
Christmas and New Year is a peak time for Drink Drive Offences and Drink related road accidents.
It takes one hour for the body to break down one unit of alcohol.
Most morning after drink drivers still have up to 5 hours to go before becoming legally sober enough to drive.
50% of drivers under estimate how long it takes for alcohol to leave the body.
‘Morning After’ drink driving is on the increase with drivers putting themselves and others at risk!
Hence the strong messages and awareness raising drive by “BRAKE”,”RoSPA”, “AIRSO”, “Think”, “Dft”, “Transport for London”, “Police”, “Ambulance Service”, “Fire Service” and others which the Health Safety and Environment Department fully supports.
The campaign is all around improving road and driver safety, supporting, coaching and assisting drivers. This month is the ‘BRAKE’ road safety charity’s annual, UK national roads safety week, so the Royal Mail November Quarterly Road Safety Week (RSW), working with the CWU and Unite/CMA will be focusing on jointly supporting the National ‘Brake’ Road Safety Week. CWU ASRs will be fully involved as set out in detail in each of the Activity Plans via full input participation and support.
National Road Safety week is an initiative created and co-ordinated annually by “BRAKE” the Road Safety Charity, supporting and encouraging organisations, such as Royal Mail and the CWU to raise road safety awareness and prevent needless road deaths and casualties year-round. It also provides a focal point for professionals working in road safety to boost awareness and engagement in their work.
The CWU Health, Safety & Environment Department has been actively supporting the campaign annually since 2003.
Every 30 seconds someone somewhere in the world is killed in a road crash.
The misery of road death and injuries caused by vehicles is a shameful epidemic that we should all try to reduce.
For any company with staff who drive for work – whether it’s a fleet of commercial vehicles, company cars – ignoring fleet driver and road safety can cost dearly.
Managing road risk is also a fundamental part of an employer’s legal and moral duty of care towards its employees and members of the public.
Driving is the riskiest activity most employees engage in. Road crashes account for 39% of work-related deaths in the European Union.
The Royal Mail Safety Team and CWU Health and Safety Department have agreed to work together on fleet and driver safety, raising awareness and standards, gaining buy-in, managing and reducing the risk to drivers, vehicles, and journeys; and to continually improve fleet and driver safety.
As previously stated, the initiative is corrective and supportive not punitive. Participation remains voluntary and is encouraged.
The three RM/CWU/Unite CMA activity plans for Road Safety Week are:-
An Activity Plan for Front Line Managers which focuses on completing 4 key activities throughout the week.
An Activity Plan for all other managers which asks Managers to focus their SMATs or Observations.
An Activity Plan for CWU Area Safety Reps which asks the ASRs to focus their Safety Inspections on the completion of the front line manager activity plans which support the ‘National Brake Road Safety Week’.
Please see attached the AMENDED/UPDATED Royal Mail road safety week activity plan materials.
The Royal Mail Group Regional Safety Health and Environment (SHE) Teams covering Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMSS have been asked to liaise with the ASRs from both Unions to discuss participation and support with the road safety week’s activities.
ASRs were asked to follow the ASR activity guide and schedule for the week. During Road Safety Week ASRs are asked to focus their daily Workplace Safety Inspections on a number of Units, preferably high impacting units and liaise with line managers to agree which high impacting units should be focused on and visited/Inspected during the November National Road Safety Week (RSW).
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer
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