We now understand that The Safe System Approach itself is built upon two fundamental facts:
- People make mistakes when using the road whether they be drivers, riders or pedestrians;
- If they are involved in a collision, they are vulnerable to being killed or seriously injured.
The Safe System is an approach places the human at its centre working towards a belief that every road death or serious injury is preventable by one means or another whether that be by
- Designing our road system so its features are forgiving in the event of a crash;
- Training road users to both use the roads in the proper manner or know how to avoid becoming entangled in an incident;
- Designing vehicles which will both react in a positive way when colliding with another person or object along with developing technologies which respond much quicker than the human can when things start to go wrong.
At the front end of the Safe Systems Approach is the information and management needed to ensure the concept can be delivered and at the backend the manner in which we can deliver the vital post traumatic care when it goes wrong.
If you were to ask practitioners about the Safety Systems Approach, they would be very able to outline what the principles are but if you asked the question are you delivering the Safe Systems Approach you would get a range of different responses with a good deal of –
“I don’t really know whether I am, how it is different from what we have always done, how to answer the question with an unequable YES”
We need therefore to look at what we actual are or need to be doing to deliver a Safe Systems Approach.
DELIVERING THE SAFE SYSTEM
Hitherto most of our road safety practice has been evidence based derived from fatal or serious injuries be that in terms of education enforcement or engineering. Whilst of course this is still very relevant –
- We now need to be taking a greater risk-based approach to our work.
- We must give a greater urgency to mitigating road users mistakes.
Anecdotal information about a high-risk activity or part of a road network is now as important to investigate and make a response as are those incidents where something has actually happened.
It is no longer acceptable to say
“I am sorry, thank you for bringing this to my intention but we have no record of any incidents or injuries at that site so we will not be doing anything”
If we are to fully succeed in delivering Safer Roads, Safer Road Users, Safer Speeds and Safer Vehicles we need to take on board many of the practices which we find in undertaking a health and safety risk assessment and reacting to the finding.
“We can no longer just wait until something happens”
Delivering the Safe Systems Approach is a one day event based on a conference style approach involving speakers, individual, group activity and discussion.
The events use a wide range of expert speakers and presenters using various techniques in terms of delivery with interaction and participation being included in a range of topics based upon the overarching theme of Delivering the Safe Systems Approach.
It is important to stress that whilst overarching theme is the focus, the speakers and topic areas covered will vary from location to location.
The Graham Feest Consultancy is a “not for profit” enterprise and its philosophy is based on providing an event which is giving high value at a low cost.
The fee paid includes all refreshments and lunch.
A very attractive early bird discount rate is always in place .
There are various locations around the UK.
Numbers are limited to enable active participation and in a friendly setting and to encourage interaction between presenters and participants.
COMPULSORY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)
The events support personal development and CPD needs within the field of Traffic Education, Engineering and Enforcement whether that is to meet specific, annual and professional demands or to update and upskill individuals working within the scope of transport, traffic, road safety, logistics, training and engineering etc.
The Graham Feest Consultancy – and thereby Reducing Casualties by Stopping Crashes – has approved training status from the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and will be particularly useful to Road Safety Auditors in meeting their annual mandatory needs.
Monday 30th January 2022 – The Holiday Inn, Coventry
Monday 27th February 2022 – The Queen’s Hotel Cheltenham