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Health and Wellbeing at Work

Karen McDonnell

Karen McDonnell

Occupational Health and Safety Policy Adviser, RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents)
United Kingdom
Fatigue is one of the top 4 topics that the occupational health and safety professional needs to have a better understanding of. For many workers driving or riding for work is the most dangerous activity they undertake at work. Driver fatigue causes hundreds of crashes on our roads every year. These are around 50% more likely to result in death or serious injury. When drivers fall asleep, the police find no signs of braking, or any avoiding actions, so they tend to result in higher speed collisions. This session will provide a 'wakeup call' for individual drivers and those who drive and ride for work. Reflecting the RoSPA Driving and Riding for Work project funded by Transport Scotland it will assist organisations to understand the importance of managing fatigue as any other risk to their organisation. How through advocating a person-centred approach and developing Sleep Ambassadors within the driving and riding for work community (Scottish Occupational Road Safety Alliance) who understand the background data to the issue, the value that 'good' sleep adds and how to manage the risk associated with fatigue and driving is better understood. To recognise the benefits of proactive partnership working (RoSPA and The Sleep Charity) and focussing on driving tired. Through explaining personal and organisational impacts of conversations about sleep, fatigue and driving risk gain insights into how to engage around these topics, refine organisational approaches to managing driving and riding for work.



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