Why do organizations need a Road Traffic Safety Management System?
Road traffic injuries are the ninth leading cause of death globally, responsible for over 1.25 million deaths and tens of millions of people being injured or disabled every year (WHO, 2016). To accelerate action to reduce this burden, the United Nations General Assembly declared a Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011–2020).
UN Sustainable Development Goals include road safety targets to reduce deaths, achieve safe urban transport, and implement sustainable public procurement practices.
ISO 39001 addresses the contribution that can be made by organizations to prevent avoidable death and serious injury across the road traffic system.
Transporting goods and people safely and efficiently is essential to a sound economy and personal mobility. And as the number of journeys undertaken grows each year, so does the role of ISO Standards. From design, construction and use, to the way in which autonomous vehicles are directed, ISO standards set a common basis to improve safety and reduce impact.
ISO 39001 Road Safety Management System
ISO 39001 specifies requirements for a Road Traffic Safety (RTS) Management System to enable an organization that interacts with the road traffic system to reduce death and serious injuries related to road traffic crashes which it can influence.
The requirements in ISO 39001:2012 include development and implementation of an appropriate RTS policy, development of RTS objectives and action plans, which take into account legal and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about elements and criteria related to RTS that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.
The benefits of adopting ISO 39001
Organizations that implement road safety management systems will be well placed to:
✓ Contribute to national and global efforts to prevent death and serious injury in road crashes;
✓ Demonstrate organizational commitment to an issue of significant public concern;
✓ Address one of the organization’s primary occupational safety risks;
✓ Cut organizational road crash and incident costs, and working days lost to injury;
✓ Make the best use of available resources to target safety risks on the road;
✓ Promote the organization, improve its profile and increase business;
✓ Increase competitive advantage in tendering processes;
✓ Reduce insurance premiums and repair bills.
ISO 39001 in practice
ISO 39001 is being adopted increasingly to reported good effects across the world in low, middle and high-income countries. The most commonly reported benefits are increased awareness and interest on the part of top management in addressing road safety, as well as reduced costs to the organization, including repair bills and insurance premiums and improved corporate image.
Monitoring in Japan, which is particularly active in adopting ISO 39001, indicates that the majority of certified organizations are transport businesses, most of which are small and medium enterprises.