on the road to safety
In many of our operating areas, we’ve instituted road safety programs to help protect our employees, contractors and members of the local communities. Our focus varies, depending on the challenges in each region. But the goal is consistent: to eliminate or at least minimize the hazards resulting from unsafe driving, poorly maintained roads and other concerns.
Walking wisely in China
In the Kai County of Chongqing, China, the community where the Chuandongbei gas project is located, students traveling to school as pedestrians, cyclists and passengers are increasingly exposed to heavy industrial vehicle traffic. To address this problem, Chevron, in partnership with the Asian Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation, introduced the Walk Wise project in 2012.
Since kicking off with a pilot that taught road safety courses to about 1,000 primary students, the program has directly educated nearly 70,000 students at 57 primary schools. To reinforce its key lessons, the program provides teacher and student handbooks, educational videos and other teaching tools, and helps train teachers to use these materials with students.
“The Walk Wise project is a good opportunity for our schools to improve the way we communicate safety information and skills to students. The support of the principal and school administration is highly important to the success of the program,” said Xiang Daodeng, former safety director of Hangfeng No. 4 Primary School.
The program has also conducted community awareness activities with about eight government departments, including the local police and educational departments and the youth union. The outcome has been impressive. Based on a 2015 evaluation report of the Walk Wise program:
- 90 percent of the students observed in the participating schools now look both directions while crossing.
- Students’ knowledge of pedestrian skills increased from 27 percent in 2014 to 72 percent in 2015.
“I used to ride my bicycle on the wrong side of the road and did not stop at traffic light crossings. However, after learning about pedestrian safety, I realized I shouldn’t ride through red lights,” noted Huang Xinyu, a student who participated in the Walk Wise program.
Greater awareness, coupled with enforcement of road rules, traffic regulation and road infrastructure improvement around school zones, is helping to create a safer environment for children and the community.
Driving well in Venezuela
In Venezuela, Chevron’s Drive Well program focuses on students at primary, secondary and technical schools, as well as employees, contract drivers and the community at large. The program aims to increase safety awareness and reduce traffic accidents in the northern portion of the country’s Anzoategui state.
Since 2012, Chevron has supported two road safety fairs, more than 10 employee workshops, two workshops for college students, a technical roundtable, and volunteer activities for pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. To date, the program has directly impacted more than 1,100 individuals and indirectly impacted more than 3,300 others. And the public response has been extremely favorable across all target groups.
In 2012, our San Joaquin Valley business unit (SJVBU) instituted Chevron’s first lease driving program. Its primary objective was to reduce vehicle rollovers – a persistent problem that resulted when drivers in the lease environment chose to take routes that may not have been suited for the vehicle and load being driven, or failed to modify their driving behaviors to fit the lease driving environment. The unit’s rollover prevention plan included a new concept called “Just in Time Journey Management,” which directed drivers to make an assessment of the road in real time – or “just in time” – before they took a route.
The plan called for drivers to determine if a road was safe to take, given their vehicle and load, and provided critical decision points and options to address hazards. The drivers also received clear direction on when to use Stop-Work Authority for driving, and were provided a checklist to follow to verify that the vehicle was properly parked with the keys removed.Drivers’ increased awareness of the hazards and mitigations of the driving hazards found in the lease environment and the use of the Just in Time Journey Management have resulted in a 64 percent reduction in turnovers among SJVBU’s lease drivers over the past three years. SJVBU has also contributed to drivers’ safety by improving 415 lease roads, and has developed design criteria for the construction of future roads and repair of existing ones.
Together for Safer Roads
We’ve made our commitment to road safety a global one.
Chevron is a founding member of Together for Safer Roads, a coalition of 16 global private sector companies that collaborate on improving road safety. The coalition brings together members’ knowledge, data, technology and global networks to focus on five areas that align with the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety’s Five Pillars: road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users and post-crash response. Learn more about the coalition – and best practices for road safety – by reading the TSR Best Practices Report: Advancing Road Safety Best Practices for Companies and Their Fleets.
Partners in safety
Recognizing the importance of road safety to their employees and communities, our Appalachia/Mountain (AMBU) and Mid-Continent (MCBU) business units are working with other organizations to set consistent operating standards, share best practices, and advocate for road improvements.
In 2012, AMBU saw a need to raise safety awareness and develop stronger safety programs among transportation contractors, and formed the Appalachian Shale Transportation and Safety Group (ASTSG) in cooperation with other energy companies. Now with 400 members, the ASTSG is led by transportation companies and supported by the oil and gas industry. The ASTSG meets quarterly to hear from transportation and safety experts, share best practices and discuss safety concerns with a focus on helping all companies reduce transportation-related incidents in the region.
A similar cooperative effort has started in the Permian Basin region, which has seen an influx of people and vehicular traffic in recent years. Traffic data from the region indicates that unsafe driving practices contributed to a 17 percent increase in roadway fatalities from 2013 to 2014. MCBU joined with other energy companies, public agencies and community leaders in 2015 to form the Permian Road Safety Coalition (PRSC). The group brings together a wide range of resources to collaborate, identify solutions and share safe driving practices. Public outreach and education is another aspect of the coalition, which is currently developing a website.
“We’re also planning to hold a Permian Basin-wide Accident Free Day in October, during which we’ll engage the public about road safety awareness and practices,” said Dolores Vick, MCBU public affairs representative who chairs the PRSC. “Our goal is to instill the expectation that our community can go a day without a traffic injury or fatality.”
Published: June 2016