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Published Fri, Aug 19th 2011

Free seminars to help Scottish employers act on road safety

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is hosting two free Driving Risks at Work seminars in Scotland next month. Employers from across South Lanarkshire and Grampian are invited to attend.

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Firms based across South Lanarkshire and Grampian are invited to attend free seminars next month that will help them play a part in making Scotland's roads safer.

For many people, driving is the most dangerous thing they do for work and two Driving Risks at Work seminars, hosted by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), aim to help businesses reduce the risk to their employees and others.

Taking place on Wednesday, September 14 from 9.30am-4pm at Aberdeen Douglas Hotel and on Thursday, September 15 from 9.30am-4pm at Chatelherault Country Park, Ferniegair, Hamilton, both events are sponsored by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives (SCHWL) and are free to attend.

Aimed particularly at small and medium-sized firms, the seminars will explore various issues involved in driving for work, such as the condition of vehicles, driver impairment and accident reporting, and will consider the business benefits of managing occupational road risk. There will be opportunities to put questions to the speakers and share best practice with other firms, and details will be given of sources of further advice and support.

There will also be an introduction to the new Driving Risks at Work toolkit, which is available for SMEs free of charge. Funded by Transport Scotland and available through the Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ScORSA) website, the toolkit includes film clips to help managers identify and manage occupational road risk (funded by SCHWL), a film for employees, presentation slides, online supporting materials and situation cards to stimulate discussion with drivers.

Kathleen Braidwood, RoSPA Scotland's road safety officer, who will be among the speakers at both events, said: "With 'at-work drivers' involved in around a third of crashes, it makes good business sense to manage employees' road risk effectively. There are also clear ethical and legal imperatives to taking employees' safety on the road seriously. We know small firms face challenges in terms of time and money when it comes to investing in safety, which is why these seminars and the resources they will promote are free of charge and easy to access. We hope to see many firms from across South Lanarkshire and Grampian at the events and believe they will learn a great deal from each other, as well as from the panel of speakers."

For full details about the seminars, including a list of speakers and an application form for places,  call 0131 449 9378 for more information.

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