The 2nd Occupational Safety in Transport Conference (OSIT2014) was held from 18-19 September 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise. It was the second time the OSIT Conference had been staged, with the inaugural conference held in 2012. To our knowledge, OSIT remains the only known dedicated conference of its type in Australia and overseas. We have been delighted with the conferences’ success.
OSIT2014 was a multi-disciplinary two-day event which attracted representatives from all facets of transport safety including roads, rail, fleets, and mining to improve workplace health and safety. The conference brought together 86 delegates from around Australia and overseas, including: fleet managers and coordinators; workplace health and safety officers; researchers and practitioners; policy and process developers; engineers; vehicle manufacturers; local and state government representatives; technology manufacturers and developers; and transport logistics and operations specialists.
- Australia – 73
- Japan – 2
- Malaysia – 1
- New Zealand – 4
- Singapore – 2
- United Kingdom -1
- United States – 3
With a 2-day program including 4 international and national keynote speakers, 34 scientific paper presentations, a relaxed Welcome Reception and very special Seafood Smorgasbord Lunch in the Four Winds Revolving Restaurant, OSIT2014 was a highlight on the occupational and transport safety calendar. The program featured leading researchers in the field, industry and government representatives as well as the next-generation of researchers and practitioners, revealing the latest national and international findings and best practice in: transport safety culture and management; technology for the improvement of safety, systems and behaviour; transport-related impairments; return to work assessment processes; industry logistics and transport safety risk; the development and evaluation of safety programs; and transport safety innovations, challenges and opportunities.
- Professor Ann Williamson, Director, Transport and Road Safety (TARS) Research, University of New South Wales;
- Dr Stephanie Pratt, Centre for Motor Vehicle Safety, US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health;
- Professor Lee Di Milia, Dean, School of Business and Law, Central Queensland University; and
- Colonel Simon Tuckerman, Commander of 1st Joint Movements Group, Australian Defence Force.
Unfortunately, due to international developments requiring the movement of ADF troops overseas in the week prior to OSIT2014, Colonel Simon Tuckerman was unable to attend the conference. Professor Narelle Haworth, Deputy Director of CARRS-Q kindly presented in Colonel Tuckerman’s place.
Specialist sessions were featured including:
- Travel risks outside work hours;
- Heavy vehicle culture, risk and initiatives;
- Monitoring and measuring safety: Different methods;
- Addressing alternative transport issues;
- Monitoring and measuring safety: Driver risk;
- Safety at roadside work zones;
- Application of technology outside the vehicle;
- Industry strategies and initiatives; and
- Use of in-vehicle technology to manage risk.
The Organising Committee extends its sincere thanks to OSIT2014’s sponsors and exhibitors including:
- Alcolizer Technology (Platinum Sponsor);
- Guardian Interlock (Gold Sponsor);
- Smart Start Interlocks (Bronze Sponsor);
- Queensland Motor Accident Insurance Commission (Bronze Sponsor);
- Suncorp Group (Bronze Sponsor);
- Queensland Motorways (Welcome Reception Sponsor);
- Navman Wireless (Exhibitor);
- Reverse Alert (Exhibitor);
- Australasian College of Road Safety (Exhibitor); and
- Hypodrive (Exhibitor).
The OSIT2014 Proceedings are now available here. If you’d like to receive information on future OSIT and related events, please contact CARRS-Q’s Marketing and Events Officer on email email@example.com or phone 07 3138 4568.