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    December 20, 2016

    3 Tips to Help Reduce Your Total Vehicle Accident Rate (TVAR)

    Reducing your TVAR will increase your overall safety record. These three tips can help you get there. 

    If your company maintains a fleet of vehicles, then you’re already aware of how important it is to make vehicle safety a major element of your EHS program. This is especially true if you’re in the oil and gas industry, as vehicle-related incidents remain a key risk factor for energy companies.

    Total Vehicle Accident Rate (TVAR), the number of accidents per million miles driven by company vehicles, may be reduced if you implement the following three tips.

    1. Facilitate Easy, On-the-Go Incident Reporting

    With fleet drivers, reporting must be convenient or you won’t get the best possible data. Fresh, complete, accurate data is the bedrock of a good safety program, as everyone knows, and you need your drivers to take part in making your body of data the best it can be.

    In-the-field reporting is a must, but what happens when drivers are offline? They need devices and software that can receive input no matter where they are, regardless of connectivity. That way, they can enter their data (whether it’s incident reports or status updates or anything else), and it gets uploaded whenever they happen to be connected again.

    2. Share Lessons Learned from Incidents

    With EHS software packages, it’s now easier than ever to record, track, and perform analysis on all your incident data. What that means for you is the accumulation of a potentially extremely useful body of data.

    With easy reporting, managers can watch trends emerge, or draw conclusions about incidents, then use their insight for safety training (see training tracking software). Sharing the lessons learned from incidents will cause everyone to be more aware of the problems, all the better for everyone to participate in improving your safety record and TVAR.

    3. Consolidate Your Content

    From supplemental training to data that’s recorded from individual vehicles, to policy manuals and results of e-learning modules and feedback from employees and vehicle reporting, you need a central place where all your content is stored. Providing easy access to safety documents to all employees increases the chance they will adhere to policies, remember their training, and participate fully in your EHS campaigns.

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