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NIOSH Journey Management 101

Dec 07, 2018

Read more in the 2018 Behind the Wheel at Work, a quarterly eNewsletter from the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety.

Journey Management 101

A familiar term in the oil and gas industry, “journey management” is an approach that guides how a company manages transportation risk. This concept includes considerations for the need to travel and the safest mode of travel—something that can be applied in any industry and operating environment. Get an overview of journey management in this month’s newsletter. Access previous newsletters.

What is Journey Management?

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Think about a time you’ve looked at the week ahead and planned trips to coincide with times and streets with low traffic density. Maybe you combined trips, such as shopping and dropping off/picking up children from school. These are simple examples of journey management in your personal life. The approach to reduce miles driven and exposure to road hazards can be applied in a more systematic way in the workplace.

Definition: Journey management refers to a planned and systematic process of reducing transportation-related risks within a company’s operations.

Objective: Minimize unnecessary trips, distances driven, and the risks associated with necessary trips.

• A policy that contains site-specific assessments of transportation-related hazards and what steps will be taken to minimize these hazards
• A process to assess the need for trips and seek to eliminate unnecessary trips
• A procedure for managing trips, including safe route planning and minimizing driving and environmental risk and the distances driven in a single trip

• Eliminate unnecessary driving, lessening risk of crash
• Minimize exposure to road traffic hazards
• Reduce fuel costs
• Reduce wear and tear on vehicles
• Reduce liability
• Increase efficiency

The bottom line: journey management has clear safety benefits and cost savings.