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EASST Academy review: Keep your employees, and families, safe on the roads!

The Occupational Road Safety Alliance has estimated that between one quarter and one third of reported road casualties globally involve people driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work. The costs associated with occupational road safety are high for employers, employees and impact service delivery, which calls for more action on management of occupational road risk.

Through the FIA Foundation’s support, the Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) in partnership with Cranfield University and the IRU Academy, launched the EASST Academy, an online Road Safety training platform for fleet managers to promote effective management of work-related road safety. 

The course is primarily targeted at low and middle-income countries. However, having recently completed the course, I can attest to its relevance and value world wide as well. 

The online video lectures are very easy to follow, providing informative and useful insights from an impressive rostrum of industry experts and practitioners, including David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP and Adrian Walsh of Road Safe. I was especially happy to learn that despite working in the global road safety field, there was still so much I could learn!

The course content helpfully guided me through every aspect of good road safety management, from managing a business case to conducting vehicle checks and encouraging good driver behaviour. Having access to real life examples and practices through bonus videos and key management resources that I can go back and refer to whenever I need is invaluable and something you wouldn’t get so easily through regular classroom-based learning. 

Indeed, the course being available online, meant I was able to sit down and work through the lectures in my own time and at my own pace, wherever I was.

Occupational road safety is such a vital element to reducing the number of road traffic collisions globally, and good fleet management can go such a long way in reaching the SDG target to halve the number of road deaths and injuries by 2020. I’d recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about how to keep employees, and their families safe on the roads. 

To find out more about EASST Academy and sign up to the Road Safety at Work: Online Course for Managers visit www.easstacademy.org