• The Wrap

    2014-09-18 13.18.36-1The 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.

    2014-09-18 10.27.497 countries were represented including:

    • 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.

    2014-09-18 13.16.54Keynote speakers included:

    • 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).

     

    2014-09-18 17.53.20-1The 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 marketing.carrsq@qut.edu.au or phone 07 3138 4568.

  • OSIT 2014 – Exert from ACRS E-alert post conference

    Wrap up imageLast week saw the second Occupational Safety in Transport Conference held in Queensland. Around 100 delegates attended to share information and ideas on transport safety culture and management, technology for the improvement of safety, developing and evaluating safety programs and much more.

    The two days of presentations concluded in a panel session focusing on key take home messages from the conference as well as key priorities for making further gains in occupational road safety.

    Key messages from the conference:

    * Quad bikes are an important new development that need monitoring.

    * There is a very clear divide between the safety culture of high risk organisations, such as the oil and gas exploration industries, and other industries. How do we harness the development of this high performance safety culture in other organisations?

    * Important work is being done on fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker transport safety

    * New technologies are an important evolving factor

    * Relationships throughout organisations are key, especially that high level management is given responsibility for sponsoring inquiries into incidents, and are accountable for the success of changes that are made as a result

    * We are on the cusp of great change with emerging new technologies, but we must be mindful of the need for a framework to manage implementation of new technologies – regulation, policy and legislation to support successful implementation.

    Key priorities moving forward:

    * Data – there is currently a deficiency of exposure data in the US, which is relevant for Australia as well.

    * A need to break down the barrier between commuting to work and work-related driving

    * The need for intervention effectiveness studies. High level leaders make decisions based on benefit/cost ratios

    *Investige the organisational factors that impinge on driver behaviour

    *Also investigate the role of consumers in pushing a 24/7 society. Consumers essentially drive work-related behaviour.

    *Need to broaden the targets for interventions – what are the factors that motivate behaviours, unsafe conditions, unsafe vehicles for example, and applying what we already know. We don’t always do this currently. An example of this is fatigue – a lot is known about factors that motivate fatigued driving, but we still allow these behaviours to occur.

    *Fragmentation remains an issue – often the issue falls between transport and work sectors


    The final question was asked – how do we adequately translate this research into practice?

    Researchers can help by periodically ‘stepping back’ and looking at the bigger picture as to what the key actions are that can be taken out of this particular research. There then needs to be an adequate mechanism to communicate this key message to a wide audience. Organisations such as the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) can be of great value in this regard.

     

     

  • Welcome

    Welcome!

    The Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety -Queensland (CARRS-Q) are pleased to invite you to the second international conference on Occupational Safety in Transport, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia between 18-19 September 2014.

    Given the success of the 2012 conference, this conference will again be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of transport safety, including road safety, aviation and watercraft, defence, rail, fleets and associated fields. Themes will be varied and cover topics such as:

    • Transport Safety Culture and Management
    • Technology for the Improvement of Safety, Systems and Behaviour
    • Transport Related Impairments and Return to Work Assessment Processes
    • Industry Logistics and Transport Safety Risk
    • Developing and Evaluating Safety Programs
    • Transport Safety Innovations, Challenges and Opportunities

    Designed to encourage a strong program of both industry and academic presentations, keynote speakers will be drawn from both Australia and overseas, and bring new and innovative research and practice to the conference.

    Who should attend:

    • Fleet managers/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
    • Transport Logistics and Operations specialists

    Make sure you diarise OSIT2014!  We look forward to seeing you at the Gold Coast in September!

    Click here to view the conference program

  • Drivers driving for work are safer drivers, yet the toll continues…

    Road crashes are the most common cause of work-related fatalities, injuries and absences from work in Australia, yet recent research indicates that individuals injured while driving for work were more likely to engage in safety promoting behaviours.

    The study involving over 38,000 motorists, found that alcohol, fatigue and speed were less likely to be involved in work-related compared to non-work-related crashes. In contrast to past research, the finding suggests a higher motivation to conform to safe driving behaviours while driving for work. What are the implications for this, and why do road crashes remain the primary injury mechanism in the workplace?

    Come along to OSIT to hear more…  View the conference program here.

  • Last Chance – Earlybird Closes Friday 4 July

    Register and pay to attend the 2014 Occupational Safety in Transport Conference before the Earlybird deadline of Friday 4 July, and go in the draw to win two nights luxury accommodation including buffet breakfast for two at Crowne Plaza Gold Coast (excluding OSIT Conference dates).

    Only 3 days until the Earlybird deadline…  Click here to register and win today!

  • Full Conference Program Now Available

    The organising committee of the 2014 Occupational Safety in Transport Conference are pleased to announce, the conference program has been released.

    There was a fantastic response to the call for submissions and the committee received submissions from throughout Australia and overseas.

    The final program includes two days of concurrent sessions, as well as 4 keynote presenter sessions and an innovative final session designed to encourage strong debate on the future of transport safety in workplaces.

    To find out more, view the conference program here, and register before Friday 4 July to take advantage of the early-bird discounted rate.

  • Submissions to OSIT 2014 now closed

    Call for Submissions has now closed and we received numerous abstracts for consideration for the program. Accepted authors will be advised from Monday 07 April on the status of their abstract.

    Please contact QUT Conferences regarding any submission enquires.

    The committee looks forward to developing an engaging, innovative and truly informative conference program.

  • Registrations now Open

    Registrations are now being taken for the OSIT Conference. For details on registration rates and a link to the online registration form, please visit the Registration page.

  • Welcome

    Welcome!

    The Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety -Queensland (CARRS-Q) are pleased to invite you to the second international conference on Occupational Safety in Transport, to be held at the Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia between 18-19 September 2014.

    Given the success of the 2012 conference, this conference will again be a multi-disciplinary event featuring representatives from all facets of transport safety, including road safety, aviation and watercraft, defence, rail, fleets and associated fields. Themes will be varied and cover topics such as:

    Transport Safety Culture and Management
    Technology for the Improvement of Safety, Systems and Behaviour
    Transport Related Impairments and Return to Work Assessment Processes
    Industry Logistics and Transport Safety Risk
    Developing and Evaluating Safety Programs
    Transport Safety Innovations, Challenges and Opportunities
    Designed to encourage a strong program of both industry and academic presentations, keynote speakers will be drawn from both Australia and overseas, and bring new and innovative research and practice to the conference.

    Who should attend:

    Fleet managers/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
    Transport Logistics and Operations specialists

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