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Brake and Alphabet announce new crisis management seminar for fleet professionals

posted on 27/01/2020

Fleet managers and HR professionals from around the country are being invited to come to Farnborough, Hampshire in March to learn more about dealing with the aftermath of a crash involving one of their vehicles.

Following a successful crisis management training seminar in Manchester last December, Brake is inviting fleet professionals to a one-day training session focusing on managing the consequences of a road crash or other sudden, violent vehicle-related event.

Topics covered in the seminar will include managing the costs of a crisis, and the policies and procedures an organisation should have in place to provide appropriate support following a road crash.

This free seminar is being sponsored by Alphabet GB Limited and takes place on Tuesday 03 March at Alphabet’s UK headquarters in Farnborough.

It is being delivered as part of the Global Fleet Champions campaign to prevent crashes and improve air quality resulting from vehicles used for work or business purposes.

Global Fleet Champions is free and shares training, tools and guidance on global fleet safety best practice with its members, as well as networking and development opportunities. Find out more about Global Fleet Champions.

Driving is often the most dangerous thing people do at work as it puts them at risk of a fatal or serious road crash. Such collisions can have significant financial, legal and reputational consequences for fleet organisations and managers alike. It is vital that employers are prepared for all scenarios and are aware of the need to respond to these incidents in an effective, timely and compassionate manner. Effective crisis management, and the preparations required ahead of time for all eventualities, are vital means of managing and minimising your risks.

The training covers:

  • practical and procedural issues following a sudden death or serious injury;
  • possible commercial and legal implications for your organisation;
  • how to look after the welfare of all those involved in and affected by the incident;
  • the roles and responsibilities of professionals who work with bereaved and injured people;
  • what you can do to support affected personnel, and the limitations of your support;
  • what you should communicate to other members of staff; and
  • how to create a crisis response team.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 03 March 2020 at Alphabet GB’s headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire. Find out more and book your place here.

David Jones, Communications Manager at Alphabet (GB) Limited said: “Ensuring employee and public safety, as well as managing your company’s reputational risks, are the concerns which keep fleet professionals up at night. However well-informed you might be, it’s a rapidly changing area – so it’s vitally important to stay up–to-date.

Which is why Alphabet are pleased to partner with Brake in order to provide a one day course on best practice Crisis Management free of charge to fleet professionals. By raising awareness of organisational responsibilities for those managing fleets and ‘at work drivers’, as well as sharing practical examples and expert insight, we’re helping individuals and businesses better understand their duty of care obligations. Organisations can never completely eliminate risk, but by preparing well and making sure you have robust, developed procedures in place, you can minimise your risks and ensure that should the worst happen the business responds in the correct way.”

About Brake

Brake is a registered charity campaigning for road safety and sustainable transport and helping victims of road crashes. We work to inspire, inform, engage and enable action for change to achieve Vision Zero.

We have head offices in the UK and New Zealand to enable us to span time zones and communicate and work globally, particularly digitally, through webinars, online tools, and other smart solutions. We also have domestic operations in those countries (we have been working in the UK for more than 20 years) and have contacts and connections around the globe, including in low- and middle-income countries, to inform our work and get action.

Our work is grassroots and partnership-oriented. We believe in working together to save lives and the planet and support the victims of crashes. We work with communities, corporations, other NGOs, enforcement agencies and government representatives. 

Brake, as a leading NGO, has more than 20-years’ experience of calling for, and promoting, ‘occupational road risk management’ at organisational and government level in the UK and latterly also in Australasia. We maintain and partner with an ever-growing membership network of occupational road risk managers and practitioners. We disseminate best practice occupational road risk management techniques through webinars and online guidance, and celebrate these techniques with awards.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

About Global Fleet Champions

Global Fleet Champions is a not-for-profit global campaign to prevent crashes and reduce pollution caused by vehicles used for work purposes.

Global Fleet Champions calls on all organisations that employ people who drive for work to prioritise safety and sustainability of movement, through good leadership and robust policies and procedures. The campaign also calls on governments to regulate and enforce the safe, sustainable operation of vehicles that move goods and people, through licensing and traffic rules, road policing and tougher penalties.

The campaign is underpinned by five pillars that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Decade of Action for Road Safety and its ‘safe systems’ approach to road safety.

Global Fleet Champions is free to join. It’s a partnership initiative, overseen by academic and practitioner experts working in the field of occupational road risk. It is administered by Brake, the road safety charity.

Follow Global Fleet Champions on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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