Integration of work-related fleet safety within a Workplace Health and Safety Management System: A case study approach

Rowland, Bevan D., Watson, Barry C., & Wishart, Darren E. (2006) Integration of work-related fleet safety within a Workplace Health and Safety Management System: A case study approach. In Australasian Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, October, 2006, Gold Coast.


This paper reports the findings of a research project initiated to assess work-related fleet safety issues in a state government organisation. In particular, special attention is given to identifying fleet safety factors for integration into a wider Workplace Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS). This exploratory case study was carried out across five regional areas, within the state of Queensland, and involved two major components: i) field based interviews; and ii) an analysis of organisational fleet safety operational procedures. Face-to-face interviews (n=146) were conducted with a wide range of staff, using a semi-structured questionnaire. The analysis of fleet safety procedures focussed on work-related vehicle incident reporting, identification of hazard and risk exposures, effectiveness of training and induction programs, and analysis of current safety management systems including policy and procedures. Results of the study found that fleet safety within the organisation was not considered a priority and as a result, the full extent of organisational crashes and vehicle-related injuries was relatively unknown by senior management. In addition, this study identified a number of operational and procedural deficiencies in relation to fleet safety. This paper will further outline the major findings of the study and propose recommendations directed at improving fleet safety within organisations as well as integration of fleet safety within a WHSMS.

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ID Code: 6983
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Road Safety, safety management systems, driving, work, related driving, fleet safety
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 (please consult authors)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:25

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