An early adopter of advanced fleet safety policies, GRSP member and Swiss multi-national Nestle, developed its ‘Safe Driving’ programme in 2008 in alignment with work then being undertaken by European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and its PRAISE project (Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees). The result for Nestle was a programme that defines a strategy for risk management based on known techniques, identifies and analyzes risks and threats related to road traffic, and implements global road safety programmes for the various branches of the organization throughout the world.
Recently, knowing the social and business costs of road accidents and in response to figures showing that in Switzerland, a third of accidents take place during business trips or commuting to and from work, the Swiss organization ‘Bureau de prévention des accidents’, or simply the bpa, developed a manual ‘Safety on Business Trips’ to help companies address the issue.
The manual provides expertise and know-how complete with templates, checklists, training modules and more designed specifically for companies managing sizeable fleets, with its focus tailored to the Swiss road traffic environment. Given the success of the Nestle programme in Switzerland, having not had a work related death or serious injury on the road in over 10 years, clear synergies were seen between the existing Nestle programme and the work being undertaken by the bpa. Leveraging on that, the two parties collaborated on aspects of the manual, and enhancements were made to the Nestle programme to further embed the good practice in Switzerland, and to apply learnings for adaptation in Nestle programmes around the world.
The bpa is the Swiss Competence Centre for Accident Prevention and conducts research in the following sectors: road traffic, sport, home and leisure and passes on its knowledge to private and specialist circles by means of consultancy, training sessions and communications. For information on the manual or on training sessions conducted by bpa, link here www.trajetprof.bpa.ch.