A professional federation of employers in the building trade, with 58,000 members of whom 42,000 are tradespersons: operations by territory (98 federations by Department, 28 regional federations) and by profession (29 national unions). A network of 1,200 permanent employees provides representation and defence services for members as regards the public authorities; advice; expertise; the distribution of tools and guides; and fosters the professional network.
The FFB (French Building Federation) undertakes to:
Carry out and extend activities to raise awareness of road safety risks throughout France, supported by its network of 28 permanent staff members trained in the use of the PACTE-BTP CD-ROM tool (an interactive application allowing trainees to revise the main rules governing safety behind the wheel, on the road and on the motorway). We have already spread our message to 20,000 people and the aim for 2008/2009 is to reach another 15,000 people throughout France.
Publish targeted messages on road safety risks in professional publications (the danger of mobile phone use, driving under the influence of alcohol, of drugs, the danger of speed). We will publish approximately one article every six weeks aimed at the 58,000 members of the FFB.
Pass on the campaigns launched by the Interministerial Delegation on Road Safety, which is the organisation responsible for road safety in France, through articles or the distribution of supplementary documents with professional publications.
Produce and distribute a servicing card to record the maintenance of professional vehicles (listing all of the elements to be checked, with the optimum frequency required to guarantee the safety of the vehicle, with space for a date and signature when they are checked), in collaboration with the INRS (National Research and Safety Institute), and recommend its implementation throughout its network (2008/2009).
Work with CNAM (the National Sickness Insurance Fund) on keeping a track record for employees on the loading of vehicles and on driving for professional purposes with the aim of fostering more stringent requirements in the training of professional drivers in the sector, in particular as regards training in the rules governing the stowing and securing of loads to ensure correct road holding of the vehicle in question (2008/2009).
Work with the State, risk prevention institutions and constructors to increase the safety equipment in new LCVs (Light Commercial Vehicles) such as tyre pressure indicators, passenger airbags, ESC/ESP (electronic stability control), overload indicators, etc. The data will be collected and analysed by a Joint Consultation Group and the results will be presented to the State in the form of recommendations (2008/2012).