It may be fun, but travelling always comes with risks. Did you know that over a thousand people perish from vehicle accidents each year in Australia alone?
Some of these vehicle accidents have nothing to do with the conditions of the car or how defensive a driver is on the road. Vehicle accidents also occur due to fatigue, road conditions, and a person’s inability to react fast to imminent danger.
If any of these factors concern you, you might want to look into a Travel Risk Management (TRM) plan.
Applying for TRM plan is easier said than done. You need to map out the features of your vehicle, describe what your daily journeys are like and the types of terrain you drive on, and rate your mental alertness whenever you are on the road. A slight miscalculation is enough to meet danger head on, which is why preparing for a TRM plan well is worth the trouble.
So, how does one beef up a TRM plan? We have several ways how.
The only way to know is to learn. You can take travel risk management courses online or inside a classroom. A good number of schools are offering this.
In these courses, all the fine points about travel and the scores of risks involved will be discussed in detail. In a few months, you will learn how to mitigate the effects of fatigue and other causes of vehicle accidents. You will also be able to create a seamless travel plan for yourself.
Aside from journey management, you will also learn the other forms of risk management (RM), such as Operational RM, Credit RM, Market RM and Enterprise RM.
Travel risk management is a broad subject that a course can last for more than a year. Professionals and even company owners can take a certificate program, which is shorter than a full-on course. What you will learn can be affixed to your company’s routines and can also merit training seminars for your employees.
When you attend a seminar on Travel Risk Management, you will be shown facts and point-by-point discussions on fatigue management application, the different risky travel scenarios, and ways to address these scenarios.
With the need for risk management and the liability of companies towards their employees, a good number of schools now arrange seminars tailored for professionals, managers and business owners. Some of these are even web-based for the convenience of the time- strapped CEO. The rates may be a little stiff, but the TRM plan you will soon generate can save you millions in profit and help you win the trust and loyalty of your employees.
Companies that have mastered TRM publish their own reports that show the inner workings of effective risk management planning. Some of these present how the world’s leading companies apply them, which readers can learn from and pattern in their own organization.
Online reports are comprehensive. It covers topics like fatigue management and common travellers’ risks in detail along with graphs, tables, and charts. It also discusses how to properly handle risk management in lieu of Australia’s Duty of Care obligations and how to mitigate risks for different situations. Reports can be found via a simple Google search.
Companies that employ hazardous operations are often the industry leaders when it comes to TRM. The TRM policies and reminders that they apply are often found on their websites. Aside from the invaluable information they impart to their readers, it shows that they are a company that is concerned with the welfare of their employees.
The policies and reminders you will find are often well-researched and applied, so patterning your company’s policies after them (as long as you belong in the same industry) is wise.
If the four previous resources focus on theory, TRM gadgets and apps allow you to apply them. Examples of TRM gadgets and applications are infrared cameras that check if a driver is sleepy or fatigued, GPS trackers that trigger an alarm when the vehicle swerves out of alignment, and special fatigue-detecting spectacles that track down eyelid movement.
An application shines through with its overall functionality and how it improves communication between operators and managers – SafetyIQ™. It is a communication system that sends check-in reminders upon reaching a destination, giving managers peace of mind their employees have arrived safely.
Further, SafetyIQ™ is crucial when it comes to fatigue management as travellers identify pit stops during their journey, enabling Managers to ensure fatigue management policies are being adhered to.
SafetyIQ™ is accessible on tablets, desktop computers, mobile phones and laptops. Whoever said that it is hard to stay on top of the safety of employee has not tried SafetyIQ™ yet.
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