JMS is perfect for short distance trips where an employee needs to advise a manager or team of their journey information. In this scenario, the manager is advised of their employees departure and ultimately their safe arrival. The manager would only be notified in the event the user has signalled an emergency situation using the SOS feature, or their arrival time has been missed by a pre-determined time frame. JMS offers public transport options, and now including Uber, all from within the JMS app.
JMS can be customised to suit any company HSE policy for long distance travel that requires a risk assessment and journey manager approval prior to travel. In this scenario, the user fills out a journey plan, selects optional information such as client, company vehicle, passengers and then completes a risk assessment. JMS plans the journey, including recommended stop locations and the ETA for the final destination, then submits to their Journey Manager for review and final approval. Once approved, the user commences the journey and JMS manages all notifications for the approved departure time, fatigue stops, incidents, missed ETA, and their safe arrival.
JMS enables GPS location services only at the start of a journey and ceases immediately upon the users safe arrival. JMS also advises users when their GPS location has been turned on and off. We have found this optional and transparent approach assists companies in addressing any “tracking and big brother” concerns when deploying this type of safety solution and has resulted in 100% uptake from all users.
Health and safety legislation may vary between countries, however all employees have the legal right to be protected from risks within the workplace.
Data from the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) indicates that vehicle accidents represent 41% of all compensated work fatalities.
Providing staff a safe work environment is a companies legal obligation, but more importantly, there should be a culture of safety where a company officer is aware of all their staff travel schedules.
With JMS, you can confidently answer the question “where are all your staff, and are they safe?”.
Journey Management is a two-part process aimed at minimising exposure to driving-related hazards, and preventing crashes and injuries. First, it’s a decision-making process used to avoid unnecessary driving. Second, for driving that is necessary, journey management procedures help manage the risks employees face while they are on the road.
Employers have a duty of care to their employees, which means that they should take all steps which are reasonably possible to ensure their health, safety, and wellbeing. Evidence about successful vehicle and driver safety programs point not just to vehicle selection and training, but also to the importance of safety to the organisation. A ‘culture of safety’ means that a high priority is given to safety and in addition, it is backed up by what people say and do. In many workplaces, work related driving is considered secondary to the ‘real’ work that the person does.
An employer can be deemed to have breached their duty of care by failing to do everything that was reasonable in the circumstances to keep the employee safe from harm. Employees also have responsibilities for their health and wellbeing at work – for example, they are entitled by law to refuse to undertake work that isn’t safe without fear of disciplinary action.
Legally, employers must abide by relevant health & safety and employment law, as well as the common law duty of care. They also have a moral and ethical duty not to cause, or fail to prevent, physical or psychological injury and must fulfil their responsibilities with regard to personal injury and negligence claims.
JMS will help demonstrate your WHS due diligence obligations for your organisation.