Motorsport Australia has undertaken a timely and appropriate review of its Safety 1st Strategy across the organisation. The Motorsport Australia Safety 1st Strategy was initially developed and designed and made available to the Motorsport Australia Board, Staff and any interested stakeholders in the safety activities of Motorsport Australia.
The revised Motorsport Australia Safety 1st Strategy continues to detail how the components of many areas of motorsport safety are applicable to both Motorsport Australia and to our stakeholders, and how they are drawn together to complete the “jigsaw” of Motorsport Australia's safety processes.
This updated document was completed after significant review and revamp to encompass an approach that incorporates the implications of the recently introduced “harmonised” Workplace Health and Safety legislation in a number of Australian states. The amendments also seek to clarify the distinction between Motorsport Australia and its expectations of event organisers.
Significant changes have been made to the compliance checker process. A number of initiatives aimed directly at supporting event organisers and officials has occurred. These changes include:
- Simplification of reporting forms
- Reduction of paper forms
- Replacement of compliance checker process at Motorkhana and Khanacross
Clear to Steer
Year-round, drivers, crews and officials find themselves in hot, humid and sometimes poorly-ventilated environments. The colour of one’s urine is a quick indication of whether they are sufficiently hydrated; whereby the clearer
the urine, the more hydrated one is.
Based on this concept, Motorsport Australia has developed a hydration awareness program Clear to Steer, aimed at increasing education and awareness on dehydration and heat illness. The program is an important
initiative linked directly to the Motorsport Australia Safety 1st Strategy and is underpinned by robust research conducted by the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS).
Clear to Steer aims to: decrease the risk of dehydration
and heat illness in participants at motor sport events by increasing safe hydration policies, environments, knowledge, skills and behaviours; support the health and wellbeing of Motorsport Australia members by providing hydration packs; promote goodwill
by supporting the active involvement of all volunteers in managing their safety and wellbeing; and promote the benefits of AIMSS by capitalising on recent research.
Clear to Steer will assist event organisers, officials, volunteers, competitors
and crews to understand the causes and effects of heat illness and dehydration, and to take the simple steps to minimise the risks during hot or humid weather.To view the Clear to Steer information booklet, click here.
Stop Sleep Survive
The Stop Sleep Survive provides information that enables Motorsport Australia members to be proactive in obtaining adequate quality sleep. The aim of Stop Sleep Survive is to educate motorsport participants about the effects of
fatigue and informing them of practical strategies to not only identify fatigue hazards during the planning and operational phases of motorsport events but also enable officials, competitors and volunteers to arrive at the start line prepared and refreshed
by understanding the importance and effects of fatigue in injury and fatalities in motor transport. Providing practical information and skills to manage fatigue. Generally contributing to health and safety by promoting the principles of the Motorsport
Australia Safety 1st culture.To view the Stop Sleep Survive information booklet, click here.