27/07/2007

Work guide to motorcycling

Motorcycling is an important and popular form of transport but unfortunately
one which carries a significant casualty risk. Employers have legal obligations
to manage the safety of staff who may use powered two wheelers (PTWs) to carry
out their normal work duties or for occasional ‘mission' journeys such as
travelling to other work locations, for meetings, to attend training courses
etc. But there are also powerful ethical and business reasons for organisations
to take action to help their employees to stay safe when they are riding
motorcycles or scooters for commuting, domestic or leisure purposes.

Serious injury to an employee, particularly in a tightly knit work team,
usually has a massive adverse impact on workforce morale.

The costs to the business of an employee being injured while riding a PTW are
likely to be the same irrespective of whether the accident happened during
working time or outside working hours.

The workplace is an excellent arena in which to encourage employees to adopt
safer and  healthier lifestyles and to extend the ethos of occupational health
and safety to help them avoid having accidents when they are not at work.

The British Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has published a
guidance as a practical resource designed to help people at work to save lives
and reduce injuries by promoting safer motorcycling initiatives via the
workplace.

The Guide is most suitable for someone who can act as a 'safer motorcycling
champion' within an organisation.This person may be at any level within the
company, but will probably be a keen motorcyclist. To help that person persuade senior management to take action, and
to inform and direct that action, the Guide provides:

  • facts and arguments to motivate key decision makers;

  • ideas and suggestions on how to engage riders;

  • options for promoting the safer motorcycling message;

  • useful website links, both locally and nationally;

  • information on safer motorcycling schemes;

  • advice on how to get started and how to evaluate success; and

  • case studies demonstrating 'what works'.

Besides helping employees who are motorcyclists to remain safe, action to
promote safer riding by employers can make a significant contribution to
helping to meet national road casualty reduction targets.The approach adopted
will vary between employers.The important thing is that organisations should
learn from one another to avoid common pitfalls, share positive experiences and
contribute their ideas to help strengthen the safer motorcycling movement.

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents