Royal Mail Group – Road Safety Communication Campaign September 2017 – Driver Health Issues – Driver Fatigue/Driving Tired/Driving Drowsy – Stress – Eye Health/Eye Tests and Fitness to Drive:
To: All Branches
During September, commencing on Monday 11 September, Royal Mail Group will be launching the latest Road Safety Communications Campaign, focusing on ‘Driver Health Issues – Driver Fatigue/Driving Tired/Driving Drowsy – Stress – Eye Health/Eye Tests and Fitness to Drive:
The September 2017 Road Safety Campaign objectives are:-
• To highlight these important road and driver health and safety issues of driver fatigue, driving tired and drowsy, stress, eye health and eye tests and fitness to drive.
• To raise awareness and encourage, coach and support drivers to adopt safe driving habits.
• To observe vehicles and drivers and point out learning opportunities.
• To discuss with drivers the safe driving campaign, the risk of driving tired or stressed,
poor driver health and eye health and the importance of highlighting any concerns to
their GP, line manager or seeking advice from their CWU Rep.
• Area Safety Reps to focus on the subject matter, carry out safety spot checks and
inspections and ensure that they record their Safety Inspections using the agreed reporting processes.
RoSPA and BRAKE advise as follows:-
• Driver fatigue – This is a serious problem resulting in many thousands of road
collisions each year. Research shows that driver fatigue may be a contributory factor in
up to 20% of road collisions and up to one quarter of fatal and serious accidents.
• Eye sight Tests – it is estimated that 2,900 casualties are caused by poor driver vision
• Fitness to Drive –Illness or disability, mental or physical was reported as a
contributory factor in 112 reported fatal road accidents, 493 reported serious road accidents, and 2,323 reported road accidents in total last year. These accidents resulted in 121 people being killed, 619 being seriously injured and 3,511 road casualties in total.
ASR Involvement and Activities:-
ASR’s will be fully involved and consulted on this joint Road Safety Communications Campaign.
• By carrying out the following activities during this Road Safety Campaign, ASRs and WSRs you can help to raise awareness and the profile of Road Safety and keep our drivers/members safe.
• ASR’s will be fully involved and consulted on this joint Road Safety Campaign.
Agree with your Operational Managers, which units you will jointly support during this Road Safety Campaign, and:
1 Assist the Front Line Manager in delivering joint WTLL’s and sharing the posters and information.
2 Carry out Safety Inspections and include the following:-
Speak to Driver Members and Use the communication materials to talk about driver health.
Remind Drivers that it’s vitally important that they should always:
• Try to ensure they are well rested and feeling fit and healthy before driving.
• Not take medication which advises against driving before starting long journeys.
• Make sure they take their rest breaks.
• Take extra care when driving at night, especially between 2am and 6am and when
driving between 2pm and 4pm (especially after having eaten a significant meal).
• Avoid drinking any alcohol and remember the morning after effect.
• If feeling sleepy or drowsy during a journey, take a break, grab a coffee and if need be
take a short nap.
• Have regular eye tests or arrange a test if they’ve noticed any problems with their eye
sight, (do the self-test of reading a number plate from 20 metres).
• If they have stress issues, request a stress risk assessment and request ‘feeling first
• Make sure they are aware of health conditions that may impair their driving and if
unsure consult their GP.
• If they take any medication that may be affecting their ability to drive, speak to their
• If they have a sleep disorder which may put them at higher risk, discuss it with their
Ask Front Line Managers:
• What activities have they completed for the driver health campaign?
• Have they delivered the WTLL to all employees?
• Have they received and displayed the posters?
ASR Safety Inspections:
Ensure that you record your Safety Inspections using the agreed reporting processes.
2 Posters being sent out to all offices and available to print off on the intranet.
• WTLL session.
• ASR Activity Plan.
The attached information will all be communicated out by 11 September. The Posters will be sent out to all units to support the campaign and should be displayed on notice boards. Further copies can be printed from the RSW intranet site. There will also be a link to several videos on the RSW intranet site also, to help get the messages across to the workforce and to support delivering WTLL sessions.
The campaign item will be on RMTV on 11 September and there will also be references made to the campaign on Workplace Plasma screens next week.
Royal Mail Group Road Safety Team welcome CWU/HQ and CWU ASR/WSR support. Thank you for your support.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer