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ASSE Named Administrator to Road Traffic Safety Committee
December 12, 2008

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently approved the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator for the International Standards Organization (ISO)/PC 241 “Road Traffic Safety (RTS) Management System” draft standard technical committee.

The current draft standard, which aims to keep workers safe on the road worldwide, specifies requirements for a road traffic safety (RTS) management system to enable organizations to develop and implement a policy and objectives that take into account legal and other requirements of the organizations. The standard does not itself state specific RTS performance criteria.

Emphasizing the importance of workplace driving and vehicle fleet safety worldwide, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly recently issued a resolution, Resolution A/62/244, titled “Improving Global Road Safety”, sponsored by more than 90 countries and adopted unanimously last March. The resolution encourages organizations in both private and public sectors with vehicle fleets to develop and implement policies and practices that will reduce crash risks for vehicle occupants and other users, among other things. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), deaths due to road traffic accidents will increase from 1.3 million in 2004 to 2.4 million in 2030, primarily due to increased motor vehicle ownership and use associated with economic growth in low- and middle-income countries. In addition, the WHO notes that road traffic accidents will become the fifth leading cause of death in 2030, up from being the ninth leading cause in 2004.

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