Road Safety GB Academy members can now access an introductory e-learning module that outlines the main concepts that underpin the safe systems approach to road safety.
Unveiled on Tuesday (29 August), the module can be accessed via the members’ section on the new Academy website. It has been developed on behalf of the Academy by Ian Edwards from New View Consultants, who has also been involved with several of the Academy’s training courses including the Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course and the one and two day Behaviour Change Courses.
The ‘safe systems’ approach – a term widely used across all areas of road safety – encompasses a wide range of ideas that aim to maximise the safety of all road users.
Safe systems recognises that humans are not perfect, and as a consequence will make mistakes. It also recognises that there are limits to the physical forces which the human body can tolerate – for example during the rapid deceleration associated with a crash.
Sam Merison, director of the Academy, said: “The safe systems approach requires that the road system be designed to take account of these errors and vulnerabilities so that road users are able to avoid serious injury or death on the road.
“The concepts underpinning the safe systems approach have always been covered on the Road Safety Practitioner Foundation Course, but this has now been further enhanced through the addition of a specific safe systems element.”