2018 World Day for Safety and Health at Work

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“Generation Safe and Healthy” is the Australian theme for the April 28, 2018 “World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day”.

The focus of the day is to “highlight the importance of improving safety and healthy for young workers and our generations to come” according to Safe Work Australia.

As part of the day, the safety body has launched a webpage specifically for young workers – classified as 15-24 year-olds – which has a range of information around keeping young workers safe, including codes, guides, videos, seminars and podcasts.

Safe Work Australia also have a World Safety Day resources page offering posters, social media images, infographics and more.

Young workers’ unique risk profile: Intellectual, physical, social

Young workers can bring energy, new ideas and a fresh perspective to a workplace however they face the greatest risk of workplace injury due to their inexperience, limited awareness of work-related hazards, and a lack of bargaining power that can lead them to accept dangerous tasks or jobs, according to the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) page on World Safety Day.

Australian statistics reflect that young workers are 17 per cent more likely to suffer a work-related injury and 21 per cent more likely to be hospitalised than the average across all ages.

Additionally, according to NSW Centre for Road Safety, young drivers are 4.5 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident and up to 5 times more likely to be involved in a road accident resulting in serious injury or fatality. Understanding the driving behaviour of young workers when they are driving company vehicles is therefore a key element in ensuring their safety at work.

Through our TargetZero program, GPSI is working closely with organisations to understand and change their employees’ driving behaviour to improve safety when driving for work.

For more information contact Darren Playle – 0437 229 417

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“Fair use”: personal use of company vehicles – how much is too much?

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Use of a company car is often perceived as a major perk for employees, negating the need to own their own vehicle and saving them thousands per year. Companies who want to attract and retain the best and brightest may offer incentives such as a company vehicle as an attractive part of salary packaging.  And for others it is an essential requirement of their day to day roles on the road.

Company vehicles kept at an employee’s home will naturally be used for personal trips, with the personal component attracting Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT). The ATO themselves recognise that ‘minor, infrequent and irregular‘ personal trips should be FBT exempt as an inevitable part of an employee benefit package.

In line with this, many organisations have a “fair use” policy that is often essentially trust based and means the employee can use the vehicle for personal use as long as they don’t go overboard.

The issues arise when what is understood as fair or compliant usage of a company vehicle differs greatly between the employee and the employer.  This isn’t always the employees fault. If employer expectations and compliance issues are poorly communicated to them – or not communicated at all – then organisations leave themselves wide open to either abuse or misunderstandings.

For example, from an FBT perspective, the ATO currently stipulates that commuting to and from work is classed as personal use*, but yet many employees are either unaware of this or they simply claim it anyway.

Then there’s the cost to your bottom line.  If your company policy stipulates that fair use of the vehicle is, for example, 5% of personal use how are you monitoring that?  An internal audit using eLogbook, paper logbooks or similar will enable you to find the answers.

“We have had customers who believed their employees’ fair personal use was around 5-10% and were shocked to find it was actually 45%.  Whatever the size of your fleet, that can end up being a significant cost to your business.” 

Darren Playle, GM, GPSi Group

It’s critical to have clear internal policies about what is acceptable use in your organisation and what is not.  Ensure these policies are communicated when on-boarding new staff, and refresh expectations to your people at the beginning of every financial year.

Telematics can make life easier for you to track costs. Using eLogbook is a seamless process for your employees to record mileage and purpose of trip through an easy-to-use app.  Even the most technophobic employee will find it easy! (Take a look at our simple and short video tutorials).

Company car usage can be an important part of your overall employee value proposition, particularly in a marketplace where it can be increasingly difficult to attract and retain quality performers.  That does, however, require weighing up against unsustainable costs to the business in fleet management.

Fairness and communicating clear expectations are imperative in order to get the balance right between an engaged and valued workforce, and ensuring a strong bottom line that benefits everyone.

If you’d like to make efficiencies in your fleet, we have a number of cost-effective solutions – or we can show you how to optimise your existing solutions – call us on 1300 GET GPS (438 477) or email us.

* (Although FBT guidelines may change in the next financial year, as the ATO have issued new draft guidelines on determining private use of company vehicles. These are not yet finalised).

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Road safety events in 2018

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For the road safety aficionados amongst us, this year provides plenty of opportunities for professional development and learnings.  We’re particularly interested in: 

 

World Day for Safety and Health at work – April 28 2018

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Every day, 6,300 people die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases – more than 2.3 million deaths per year. 317 million accidents occur on the job annually; many of these resulting in extended absences from work.

Saturday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day. This is a day for promoting safety and health in the workplace and to honour those who have died from work-related injury or illness.

Take the opportunity to let your customers and your staff know they are in safe hands with your organisation. Safe Work Australia is releasing some materials to help you spread the word:

https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/news-and-events/2018-world-day-safety-and-health-work-and-workers-memorial-day

 

29 April – 2 May 2018: 28th Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) International Conference, Brisbane

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Conference themes such as Intelligent Roads, Future of Asset Management, Disruptive Technologies, Platforms and Services, Smart Journeys and Human Factors of Transport and integration of the Safe System approach will be covered.

For more info:  https://www.arrb.com.au/major-functions/arrb2018

 

Fatality Free Friday – Friday 25 May 2018

The Countdown is on! Since its inception in 2007 the Fatality Free Friday campaign has continued to expand its operation and is an Australian national community-based road safety program.

Road safety is a complex issue and it is impossible to find one single key to reduce road trauma. Fatality Free Friday has successfully fostered community ownership, complex road safety issues and encouraged those who can make a significant difference in reducing road trauma.

The campaign is more than just a single day. Whilst the target is to have a fatality free Friday ultimately it is aiming for a longer term community change.

To date over 165,000 road safety pledges have been signed.  You can too:

https://www.fatalityfreefriday.com/

18-19 September 2018 – 2018 Comcare National Conference

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Are you a Workplace Health and Safety aficionado?  Then Comcare’s Fit for the future’ conference might be just the thing for you to share learnings and expand knowledge.

The Conference explores how we can drive the changes that are happening in our sector right now and be at the forefront of harnessing innovation and technology to improve services. The Comcare National Conference will bring together people with a passion for work health and safety to share best practice, hear the latest research, be challenged by presentations and build valuable networks.

For more info: https://www.comcare.gov.au/conference

 

3-5 October 2018: Australasian Road Safety Conference 2018, International Convention Centre Sydney

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Held by the Australasian College of Road Safety, this is the largest road safety dedicated conference in the Southern Hemisphere. With a theme of “Towards Zero: Making it Happen!”, ARSC2018 will showcase the regions’ outstanding researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and industry spanning the plethora of road safety issues identified in the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety including: Road Safety Management, Infrastructure, Safe Vehicles, User Behaviour and Post-Crash Care.

For more info: https://australasianroadsafetyconference.com.au

Know of any road safety events we should know about? We’d love to hear about them and will update the events page throughout the year. 

 

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I was blown away by what the technology was capable of

We’re here to help!

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While we’re expanding here at GPSi, we want to make sure we continue to provide you with outstanding customer support and service.  We know you’re busy and when you have a query, you need an answer straight away.

To enable that, we’ve created a central point of customer contact for all queries; by phone: 1300 (GET GPS) 438 477 or email: helpdesk@gpsi.com.au. This will ensure your email or phone query will be attended to in the quickest possible time and by the most appropriate person.

We will also have some frequently asked questions up on our website shortly, based on the most common customer queries that we receive.

If you have any other suggestions about what you’d like to see from our customer support please drop us a line at: helpdesk@gpsi.com.au  We’d love to hear how we can support you better.

 

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Are your logbooks FBT ready?

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FBT time is only a few short months away with submission on 21 May (later if you submit through a tax agent).  With the FBT year running from 1 April to 31 March, now is a critical time to get prepared to enable a smooth FBT submission process.

Let’s face it, not everyone is a huge fan of tax time but eLogbook takes away a lot of the FBT pain many organisations face in this period. However, it’s important to ensure your people are using it correctly to get accurate data and for compliance purposes.

To help you, we’ve recently developed some short videos to quickly and easily explain to users how to get the most out of eLogbook.  Forward them on to your teams so FBT time is as pain free as possible in your organisation!

Refresh your eLogbook training

Duration (3:34 mins): link

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Adding a New eLogbook User + Assigning their permission level as user driver

Duration (2:23 mins) link

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Assigning trips using the eLogbook app

Duration (49 secs) link

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Assigning Trips via the eLogbook Email

Duration (55 secs) link

 

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These videos are designed to make eLogbook even easier for your staff to use.

Don’t get caught out!  The countdown is on to make sure your logbooks are in order before FBT lodgement. eLogbook has been providing electronic logbooks for commercial fleets for over 8 years now, saving companies tens of thousands off their FBT returns.

To learn more about eLogbook, visit our website: elogbook.com.au

If you’d like some support using eLogbook give our friendly team a call on 1300 438 477 or drop us a line at enquiry@elogbook.com.au

 

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“I was blown away by what the technology was capable of”

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Our very own bearded legend, Tim.

Meet our Projects and Installation Manager, Tim Prior. Being a former fleet manager, he gets a bit excited about telematics. So we asked him to share his key learnings from his time in the field, as well as what he sees ahead for the future.

What attracted you to the telematics industry, Tim?

Before GPSi, I was a fleet manager for a company called Smoke Alarm Solutions, managing a large fleet servicing 2,000 properties a day. During this time I implemented the GPSi system to my fleet and was blown away by what it was capable of in terms of the granularity of data available, as well as the safety improvements and the efficiencies we were able to make (we had a 29% reduction in road accidents in the first twelve months).

The attraction to me was how far this technology could possibly go.

What do you do at GPSi?

The major part of my role is providing customers with a seamless end-to-end experience.  Once a sale is confirmed I manage it from that point; liaising with the customer and their teams, organising devices, managing installs, providing training and support.

What have been your top three key learnings about driver safety, fleet performance and telematics in your time at GPSi?

1) After having this system installed at Smoke Alarm Solutions and having the opportunity to see how I personally drive – it made me much more aware of what was more important; getting somewhere fast or getting there safely.

2) Information is key to making informed decisions.

3) Every customer has a different idea as to the types of information that is important to them.  For some it’s more efficiency focussed, for others it’s around compliance, and others again it’s safety. I work with them to individualise their reporting to reflect their priorities.

Having been on both sides of the fence as a fleet manager and now in telematics directly, what do you believe is the most important thing to consider when selecting a telematics provider?

The quality of the information you receive from the telematics device, as well as the quality of the customer service and support you have with that provider. 

What excites you about where the telematics industry is heading in Australia?

Everyone is becoming more aware of the need for telematics, both for business and personal use, as technology becomes increasingly accessible and individualised.  Because we develop the technology and devices here in Australia (and hold the IP) we are able to easily adapt and refine our devices to respond to our customers’ needs, as well as to market demand more broadly.

What do you like most about your role?

Working with such good people; both our customers and the team at GPSi. Plus, the innovation and technology is so interesting and ever-changing.

Finally, tell us a little about you:

  • I am no good with an axe (having recently ended up in hospital trying to ‘help’ a mate).
  • I like to have fun with what I do
  • I can grow a mean beard! (He most certainly can!).

If you would like to know how to maximise your use of a GPSi product or enhance your reporting, Tim can help and be reached on 07 3620 1045 or tim.prior@gpsi.com.au

 

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GPSi takes on a new approach to Iridium satellite tracking

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The introduction of dual mode Bluetooth technology including BT 4.0 to the Roadscout® device has enabled the introduction of our smartTRAX Iridium satellite tracking technology. smartTRAX provides the RoadScout  product range with ‘grab and go’ satellite connectivity for vehicle telematics in places where GSM coverage is unavailable.

Further enhancing the offering, the smartTRAX device will automatically perform as a personal tracking device when removed from the vehicle ensuring the safety of your ‘lone workers’ in the field.

This seamless and wireless functionality replaces conventional wired solutions and ensures vehicles and staff can be tracked in the most remote locations with confidence. The package provides fleet managers with an opportunity to seamlessly support additional features such as duress alarms and two messaging whilst supporting all aspects of our current IVMS platform  including driver behaviour and vehicle alerts.

Incorporating a long-life lithium rechargeable battery, the durable and shock resistant smartTRAX will provide organisations with a cost-effective option to extend the safe working environment of field staff.

New Live Map View GPS

FleetConnect – New features and major enhancements on user-experience

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New Live Map View

Live Map View now expands to fit to your screen, maximising your map view and displaying your entire fleet simultaneously. Activity Feed now includes a paging feature. Simply swipe an entry to load older activity when using your tablet. Zone Filtering has a more intuitive menu for viewing and filtering your zones.

Restrict User Access to Groups

FleetConnect now includes the ability to allocate specific groups of vehicles to specific managers. Your managers will now access only the vehicles they are assigned to manage.

Spiderfy Trip Logs

Overlapping multiple log icons on a map can make it difficult to view specific event details. Now you can click on a cluster of icons and view each individual icon in an exploded view – getting all the details of each specific event.

Spiderfy Trip Logs

Live Map Idle Icon

A new icon of a car and timer now shows on the live map. This represents when and for how long a vehicle has been idling.

Fuel Level & Trip Usage

Mousing over the vehicle icon on the live map will show the fuel level and trip usage for a vehicle. PLEASE NOTE: this feature is enabled only for vehicles that have an extended OBD profile or are running the J1939 truck protocol.

Live Map Idle Icon Fuel Level
Emergency Contacts

Emergency Contacts

If your fleet uses any of the GPSi smartDEVICE accessories that support the Duress Alarm feature, you can now add emergency contacts based on groups (company-wide or driver groups), and add emergency contacts to an individual’s emergency contact list.

For more information contact GPSi Support on 1300 438 477.

New After Hours Report

Are your company vehicles being used for side jobs, personal errands or other inappropriate activity? Even if you allow some private mileage you need to make sure employees aren’t taking advantage of you. The new report will allow you to filter the times and calculate the total amount of after hour kilometres traveled.

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GPS Innovations set to deploy speed limit database

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GPS Innovations is partnering with Data Solutions to integrate key speed and location data nation-wide, providing Fleet and Safety Managers with unprecedented access to safety information.

GPS Innovations is a leading Australian supplier of GPS fleet management technology. Its suite of driver safety products includes the RoadScout (a plug and play in vehicle monitoring system (IVMS)) and FleetConnect™, (a web-based advanced vehicle location software (AVL)). The posted speed limit database (PSLD) provides national speed limit data.

How it works

This dynamic partnering will see GPS Innovations’ FleetConnect™ software integrate data with the PSLD. All recorded vehicle data returned by the RoadScout IVMS through FleetConnect™ is validated against the PSLD to give a clear record of all overspeed events for each trip taken.

This unprecedented access to safety information associated with the movement and behaviour of fleet drivers will enable fleet managers to better manage and improve their overall fleet safety profile.

Coming soon

Posted speed limit data will be a standard feature in FleetConnect™ from 1 July 2014 and will be available to all existing and new GPS Innovations customers.

Stuart Mullins, CEO of GPS Innovations commented that ‘Many customers utilise FleetConnect to ensure their drivers are driving safely and to reduce overall fleet risk. Excessive speed increases the risk of accidents and presents a safety hazard to other drivers. By adding posted speed limit reports and alerts to our offering, fleet managers can now have even more insight into their drivers’ behaviour at their fingertips.’

‘This initiative has been tested across a number of fleets with great success for over 6 months and has already produced substantive driver behaviour change initiatives for development partners. This contribution to our driver scoring initiative, along with our more traditional metrics, will greatly assist Fleet Managers to work with their drivers to better manage their overall fleet safety profile.’

For more information, visit gpsi.com.au.

Telematics Website

New look, same dedication to cutting-edge technology

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We’re proud to introduce the new GPS Innovations website, smartly designed and built by our clever in-house team. It is the 3rd major website upgrade since our launch in 2009, continuing our commitment to cutting edge responsive front-end design.

What is a responsive website you may well ask?  Representing the future of website design, they provide a superior user experience by dynamically modifying the design elements of a website to suit the vast range of different platforms and screen sizes in use today.   Our flagship fleet analytics reporting platform FleetConnect is also optimized for desktop computers down to mobile devices.

The new GPS Innovations website showcases this latest leading edge technology whilst also providing a simpler way to navigate the site.  The benefits for each industry we provide services to can be more easily understood.  A new Partners Portal is near completion and will give resellers and installers access to instructions, smart-guides, marketing material, video tutorials and profile management.

Keep an eye on the website as it continues to evolve.  Videos, infographics and new product releases are just a sample of what’s to come.

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