CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) held its fifth conference and exhibition at London’s ExCel on Wednesday 23 March 2016.
CLOCS has been instrumental in bringing about a visionary change in the way the construction industry manages work related road risk whilst providing an opportunity for clients and developers to look out for the wider community. This is being achieved by; improving the safety of vehicles; addressing the imbalance between on-site health and safety and work related road safety; and encouraging wider adoption of best practice across the logistics industry.
The CLOCS Standard for construction logistics: Managing work related road risk has been developed as a common national standard for use by the construction logistics industry. Implemented by construction clients through contracts, it provides a framework that enables ownership in managing road risk which can be adhered to in a consistent way by fleet operators.
Featuring a line-up of high profile speakers the conference reviewed the progress and success of the CLOCS programme, now in its third year.
The exhibition showcased 29 new and existing enhanced vision truck designs from HGV manufacturers and operators including FORS members Tarmac, Ringway Jacobs, Cemex, O’Donovan, Powerday, Erith Haulage, FM Conway, Travis Perkins, Martin Brower, Hanson and SIG. The vehicles on show included the Volvo low entry cab, Scania’s new low-height, high-vision 8×2*6 Urban Tipper, Dennis Eagle’s Elite 6 skip loader, DAF’s Euro-6 LF 250 FA skip loader and the Mercedes Benz Econic 4×2 skip loader 1830L.
FORS and CLOCS are united in their objective to improve industry standards. CLOCS is directly aligned to the FORS Silver level of accreditation, and the default solution for operators needing to comply with the CLOCS Standard is to achieve FORS Silver. Without the robust audits offered through FORS operators would not be able to demonstrate their compliance to the CLOCS Standard. Designed specifically to improve drivers’ awareness around vulnerable road users, Safe Urban Driving (SUD) training, available through FORS, is DCPC accredited and fully aligned to meet the training requirement of both the CLOCS Standard and FORS Silver.
Mike Brown MVO, London Transport Commissioner said ‘CLOCS has been an extremely positive story for the construction industry. Construction is leading the way in taking ownership of road safety and other sectors can learn from this approach to creating safer supply chains. TfL has an ongoing commitment to CLOCS and believes in the value of the CLOCS Standard as a consistent, quality benchmark for road safety in the construction industry. We are promoting this approach to other industries’.
The Commissioner went on to thank those who have become ‘CLOCS champions’ by implementing the CLOCS Standard in their contracts and who are now actively driving the initiative forward and acknowledged the support and commitment from representative groups including Build UK, Construction Clients Group, Considerate Constructors Scheme and Construction Industry Cycling Commission.
Announcing Build UK’s support for CLOCS as the industry standard for road safety performance, Suzannah Nichol said ‘Our members are committed to improving safety across all aspects of their business and, by following the agreed CLOCS Standard when delivering to sites, they can help to play their part in making our roads safer.’
The event marked a new phase in the life of CLOCS. Speaking on the Future of CLOCS, Glen Davies, Freight and Fleet Programme Manager at TfL announced that the opportunity to run the CLOCS Secretariat had been published. ‘The ultimate goal is that management of work related road risk is embedded across the industry as a ‘business as usual’ activity and CLOCS is fully established as a national initiative’ said Davies.
To get involved and for more information on CLOCS, the CLOCS Standard and how to become a CLOCS Champion visit www.clocs.org.uk