ISO 39001

Road traffic safety management systems

"Accidents do not happen, they are caused."

Road traffic safety has become a very sensible and important issue of late with more than 1,3 million fatalities each year and somewhere between 20 and 50 million seriously injured globally. Traffic injuries have been identified as the largest cause of mortality in the 10-24 age group (source: The Lancet). To make matters even worse it is estimated that in the next years the numbers will grow, especially in low-and-middle-income countries if no action is taken.

As a first response, in 2011 the United Nations have adopted a resolution (A/RES/64/255) to proclaim the period 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, with the goal to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world.

In 2012, ISO has published ISO 39001 standard (Road traffic safety (RTS) management system - Requirements with guidance for use) with the aim to enable organizations that interact with the road traffic system to reduce death or serious injuries related to road traffic crashes.

Experts from 40 countries have participated in the elaboration of the standard together with representatives of international organizations like the European Transport Safety Council, the World Health Organization or the World Bank.

The standard includes requirements that are based on international expertise and are applicable to all countries, to support all public or private sector organizations involved in regulating, designing or operating road transport infrastructure. It focuses on a number of aspects vital for the safety of road traffic including speed, vehicle technical condition or driver fitness and awareness.

ISO 39001 can be implemented and certified independently or integrated with other management system standards like ISO 9001 or OHSAS 18001.