ISO 39001 is an international standard that specifies the requirements for a road traffic safety (RTS) management system. It helps organizations that interact with the road traffic system to reduce death and serious injuries related to road traffic crashes which they can influence. The standard was published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in 2012 and was last reviewed and confirmed in 2023.

The standard is based on the best practice Safe System approach to road safety and follows the latest ISO management system standard framework. It includes the development and implementation of an appropriate RTS policy, objectives and action plans, which take into account legal and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about elements and criteria related to RTS that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence.

The benefits of adopting ISO 39001 include preventing avoidable death and serious injury in the road traffic system, contributing to better planning, design, operation and use of the road traffic system, cutting organizational road crash and incident costs, demonstrating social responsibility, improving organization profile and increasing business.

ISO 39001 is applicable to any organization that interacts with the road traffic system, such as public authorities, private companies, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, etc. The standard can be used alone or integrated with other management system standards, such as ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management) or ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety management)  .

To achieve ISO 39001 certification, an organization needs to implement a RTS management system that meets the requirements of the standard and undergo an audit by an accredited certification body. The certification is valid for three years and requires periodic surveillance audits to ensure continual improvement .

Benefits of ISO 39001 certification to your company:

The United Nations (UN) has set ambitious targets for road safety in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. One of the targets is to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents by 2020. Another target is to provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all by 2030.

To achieve these targets, organizations need to adopt a systematic, results-focused approach to road safety management. ISO 39001 provides a clear and consistent methodology for doing so. It also helps organizations to demonstrate their social responsibility, improve their reputation and competitiveness, and reduce their operational costs and risks.

ISO 39001 can benefit your organization in various ways, depending on your type and size of organization, your role and responsibilities in the road traffic system, and your specific RTS objectives and challenges. Some of the potential benefits are:

  •  Cost savings 
  •  Better stakeholder relations  
  •  Higher consumer trust and safety  
  •  Enhanced risk management  
  •  Goal achievement 
  •  Competitive advantage 
  • Quality and reliability assurance
  • Social impact and contribution

Benefits of ISO 39001 certification to your customers:

  • demonstrates a commitment to improving road safety and reducing the risk of injuries or death caused by road traffic accidents.
  • comply with legal and regulatory requirements related to road traffic safety management.
  • enhances the reputation and credibility of the organization as a socially responsible entity that cares about the well-being of its employees, customers and the public.
  • improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the road traffic system by identifying and addressing potential hazards and implementing preventive and corrective measures.
  • reduces costs associated with road traffic incidents, such as medical expenses, insurance premiums, legal fees, vehicle repairs and downtime.
  • It fosters a culture of continuous improvement and innovation in road traffic safety management by setting clear objectives, monitoring performance and reviewing results.

ISO 39001 is important because it helps organizations to address one of the most pressing global challenges: reducing road traffic deaths and injuries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic injuries are the ninth leading cause of death globally, responsible for over 1.25 million deaths and tens of millions of people being injured or disabled every year. Road traffic injuries also have significant social and economic impacts, costing an estimated 3% of global gross domestic product (GDP).

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