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Sep 13, 2022

Welcome to RIMScast. Your host is Justin Smulison, Business Content Manager at RIMS, the Risk and Insurance Management Society.


This week, Justin is rejoined by Susan Gillies-Hipp, the Executive Director of NETS® (the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety), to discuss — you guessed it — fleets and traffic safety in 2022!


Susan shares how supply chain disruptions are impacting risk-based decision-making when it comes to fleets and fleet safety, important trends regarding fleet traffic (and how these trends have changed over the last several years), and how electric vehicles are changing the dialogue around fleet safety. Susan also plugs NETS’s upcoming annual event; the 2022 Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference happening October 5th6th in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Key Takeaways:

[:01] About the RIMS Membership.

[:14] About RIMScast.

[:27] About today’s episode.

[:39] Upcoming RIMS webinars, workshops, events, and more!

[2:32] More about today’s episode with Susan Gillies-Hipp.

[2:59] Justin welcomes Susan Gillies-Hipp back to RIMScast!

[3:17] NETS’s mission and the expanded role that NETS continues to play in American business culture.

[3:59] How has 2022 been going so far for NETS? What is coming up later in the year for NETS?

[8:57] Examples of “heavy goods” and why policies and procedures surrounding drivers of heavy goods impact your company.

[10:38] Trends that Susan is seeing regarding fleet traffic and how these trends have changed over the last several years.

[14:37] RIMS plug time! Upcoming events, webinars, and more!

[16:38] Were fleets impacted by supply chain disruption caused by the Russia-Ukraine war?

[20:37] How electric vehicles are changing the dialogue around fleet safety.

[25:51] About NETS’s upcoming conference; the 2022 Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference.

[34:00] Justin thanks Susan for joining the podcast and shares some of the links to check in today’s show notes.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS®)

2022 Annual Strength IN Numbers® Fleet Safety Benchmark Conference

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

RIMS Events, Education, and Services:

RIMS Legislative Summit 2022 — Sept. 20‒22nd in Washington, D.C.

RIMS ERM Conference 2022 — November 10‒11, 2022 | Indianapolis, IN — Agenda Now Live!

Spencer Educational Foundation | Annual Gala Returns Sept. 22, 2022

RIMS Western Regional — Oct. 3‒5, 2022 — Long Beach, CA

In-Person Events:

RIMS Events App Apple | Google Play


RIMS Buyers Guide

Contribute to RIMS Risk Management magazine

Dan Kugler Risk Manager on Campus Grant

Sponsor RIMScast: Contact or for more information.

Virtual Workshops:

RIMS South Asia Risk Forum — Dec. 2‒3, 2022 in Mumbai, India

See the full calendar of RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars:

“Supply Chain Risk Management for Product Manufacturers: Production Risk Management in the Post-COVID Environment” | Presented by the RIMS International Council | Sept. 7, 2022

“Coverage Conversation: Economic Outlook and the P/C Marketplace” | Sponsored by Gallagher CORE 360 Insights | Sept. 8, 2022

“Reduce Your Risk of Electrical Fires” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants | Sept. 15, 2022

"Unlocking the Power of Captives in Your Risk Management Strategy" | Sponsored by Zurich | Sept. 22, 2022

"Sanctions and Compliance Risk: Why You Shouldn't Overlook It Before Making A Ransomware Payment" | Sponsored by Beazley | Sept. 29, 2022

"Climate Change Impacts and Opportunities" | Sponsored by AXA XL | Oct. 6, 2022

Beware of Artificial Intelligence | Sponsored by Nationwide | Oct. 11, 2022


Sponsored RIMScast Episodes:

“Aon’s 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Overview” (NEW)

“ESG Through the Risk Lens” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“A Look at the Cyber Insurance Market” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“How to Reduce Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Risks” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

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Keeping Subcontractors Safe Through Partner Elevation” | Sponsored by Highwire

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“Bermuda Opportunities in 2022 with BDA Chair Stephen Weinstein” | Sponsored by Bermuda Business Development Agency

“SyncR: A Tool to Enhance Your Risk Quality & Insurance Strategy” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers Ltd.

“Navigating the Risk Landscape in 2022” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Prioritizing People: Expertise and Innovation” | Sponsored by Gallagher Bassett

“Risk Findings for the Industrial & Manufacturing Industry” | Sponsored by Aon

“Establishing the Right Assurance to Request From Business Partners” | Sponsored by HITRUST

“Aon’s 2021 Retail Industry Overview” | Sponsored by Aon

“A Legacy of Resilience” | Sponsored by J.B. Boda Group

“The Golden Era of Insurance” | Sponsored by The Hartford

“Insurance Investigation Trends Happening Now” | Sponsored by Travelers

“What Could a CRO Do for Your Business?” | Sponsored by Riskonnect

“Hard Reality: A Look at Rising Rates in Property & Excess Casualty” | Sponsored by AXA XL

“Property Valuation Deep Dive” | Sponsored by TÜV SÜD

“Property Loss Control Engineering” | Sponsored by Prudent Insurance Brokers

More Fleet and Workplace Safety on RIMScast:

“Fleet Safety with NETS Executive Director Susan Gillies” (2021)

“Safety Does Not Pause: Employee Hazards During COVID-19 with NSC President & CEO Lorraine Martin”

“Public Violence and Workplace Safety with Lauris Freidenfelds”

“Travel Risk Management in Summer 2022 with Dr. Adrian Hyzler”

“Fatigue Risk Management with NSC’s Emily Whitcomb”

“International Codes and Standards with Chris Wieczorek”

“Navigating Shipping Risks in 2022 with Capt. Rahul Khanna”

“Mental Health in the Workplace with Darcy Gruttadaro”

“Active Threat Safety and Preparedness with Steve Smith and Dustin Miller of Guardian Defense”

RIMS Publications, Content, and Links:

RIMS Membership — Whether you are a new member or need to transition, be a part of the global risk management community!

RIMS Virtual Workshops

Upcoming RIMS Webinars

On-Demand Webinars

RIMS Advisory Services — Ask a Peer

Risk Management Magazine

Risk Management Monitor

RIMS Coronavirus Information Center

RIMS Risk Leaders Series

RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional (RIMS-CRMP)

RIMS-CRMP Stories — New interview featuring RIMS-CRMP Chairman Ward Ching!

Spencer Educational Foundation

RIMS DEI Council

RIMS Path to the Boardroom


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Follow up with Our Guest:

Susan Gillies-Hipp’s LinkedIn

Susan Gillies-Hipp’s NETS Profile


Tweetables (For Social Media Use):


“Road safety that’s our mission; trying to advance road safety and prevent crashes.” Susan Gillies-Hipp


“Driving fatigued can be just as dangerous if not more dangerous than driving impaired. It’s really an essential issue that we need to make sure we’re addressing.” Susan Gillies-Hipp


“NHTSA … put out their estimates for road traffic fatalities a couple of months ago. Their estimate is higher than it has ever been since 2005. About 42,915 lost their lives on U.S. roadways in 2021 — that’s an increase of 10.5% from the prior year in 2020.” — Susan Gillies-Hipp


“Address the issue now. Be proactive. … Because, if you wait, and then you are liable for something that happens, your company can … have a lawsuit on your hands because one of your drivers did something that could have injured or … killed another driver.” — Susan Gillies-Hipp