Translating vision research into policy and practice to improve visibility, and hence safety, of road workers at night

King, Mark J. & Wood, Joanne M. (2012) Translating vision research into policy and practice to improve visibility, and hence safety, of road workers at night. In Proceedings of the Occupational Safety in Transport Conference 2012, CARRS-Q, Queensland University of Technology, Crowne Plaza, Gold Coast, QLD.

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Abstract

This case study report describes the stages involved in the translation of research on night-time visibility into standards for the safety clothing worn by roadworkers. Vision research demonstrates that when lights are placed on the moveable joints of the body and the person moves in a dark setting, the phenomenon known as “biological motion or biomotion” occurs, enabling rapid and accurate recognition of the human form although only the lights can be seen. QUT was successful in gaining funding from the Australian Research Council for a Linkage grant due to the support of the predecessors of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to research the biomotion effect in on-road settings using materials that feature in roadworker clothing. Although positive results were gained, the process of translating the research results into policy, practices and standards relied strongly on the supportive efforts of TMR staff engaged in the review and promulgation of national standards. The ultimate result was the incorporation of biomotion marking into AS/NZS 4602.1 2011. The experiences gained in this case provide insights into the processes involved in translating research into practice.

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ID Code: 59087
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: policy, practice, biological motion, road workers, safety
ISBN: 9781921897535
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult author(s)/creators
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2014 01:25
Last Modified: 08 May 2014 05:39

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