Rules for the Road

Date: 03/14/2014

HSE for Youth road safety workshops

An ongoing commitment to health, safety, and the environment (HSE) is an integral part of Schlumberger activities worldwide. The company’s HSE for Youth program shares Schlumberger HSE expertise to help young people make responsible decisions regarding HSE related topics.

HSE for Youth, initiated in 2008 by Schlumberger, is facilitated through workshops led by trained volunteers that include employees, their spouses, and members of local communities. Through interactive workshops and age-appropriate resources, the program focuses on helping youth to be more aware of hazards and risks in everyday situations—which in turn empowers these young people to manage the HSE issues they may encounter.

Youth and road safety

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), road traffic injuries are the leading cause of fatalities worldwide among young people aged 10 to 24, and projections indicate that the number of road traffic incidents will continue to rise, unless there is stronger commitment to road safety.

In 2013, more than 45 HSE for Youth road safety workshops were held in 24 countries on four continents. The workshops are designed to engage young people in learning how to become road savvy and safer—whether they are riding a bike, walking near a street, or are in a vehicle.

Staying safer on the road

HSE for Youth road safety workshops tackle a variety of situations—from types of roads such as well-lit urban streets or non-lighted rural terrain, to being a passenger, pedestrian or driver— to raise awareness among these young people regarding the many different scenarios they may face regarding road safety.

At the sessions, participants learn safety tips such as wearing seat belts or the dangers of texting while driving. Tips for pedestrians or cyclists include “be safe, be seen” by wearing brightly colored, reflective clothing to be more visible. Other safety measures shared include wearing a helmet when riding a bike to help prevent injuries in case an incident occurs. The workshops also raise awareness on how to react to non-routine situations, such as crossing the road when traffic lights are not working.

The workshops help youth to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them as pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and passengers to be safer on the road. Workshop participants are also encouraged to share these important road safety messages with their families and friends to foster safe behavior with others. 

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