Minister Sayed-Hossen launches Workshop on Road Traffic Safety and MS ISO 39001:2012
GIS – 17 July 2013: The Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr. Cader Sayed-Hossen, launched a workshop on road traffic safety and on the standard MS ISO 39001, today at the Octave Wiehe Auditorium, Reduit. The workshop was organised jointly by the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) and the University of Mauritius.
In his address, the Minister stated that Government is committed to creating the necessary conditions for the safety of its citizens and to improving road traffic systems. “Road safety is a top priority of this Government so as to reduce the number of road casualties and deaths”, he indicated. Mr. Sayed-Hossen recalled that Mauritius has set up its national plan for Road Safety and embarked on the United Nations Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.
The MSB has participated in the development of the International Standard ISO 39001 for Road Traffic Management Systems through the national mirror committee comprising various stakeholders. When the ISO Standard was published, it was adopted as a Mauritian Standard in May 2013.
ISO 39001:2012 ‘Road Traffic Safety Management Systems – Requirements with guidance for use’ will impact on the development of traffic safety and can decrease the problem of road accidents. The rationale for the development of the standard is to provide organisations active in road safety, with the means of increasing and promoting their related safety standards. ISO 39001 is based on principles and systems, and provides an opportunity to integrate safety into commercial and non-commercial decision-making processes.
The organisations mostly concerned with the new standard are those in transport of goods and people, companies generating significant flows of goods and people, organisations involved in the design, building and maintenance of roads and highways.
ISO 39001:2012 is applicable to any organisation wishing to establish a road traffic safety management system in order to improve performance as well as to demonstrate conformity with the requirements of the international standard.
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