03/08/2006

Guidelines for Reducing Motor Vehicle Crashes

The US American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Network of
Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) have issued new safety guidelines for
employers and employees who use motor vehicles for work purposes.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all ages.
Crashes on and off the job have far-reaching financial and psychological
effects on employees, their coworkers and families, and their employers.

You need a driver safety program:

  • To save lives and to reduce the risk of life-altering injuries within your
    workforce.
  • To protect your organization's human and financial resources.
  • To guard against potential company and personal liabilities associated with
    crashes involving employees driving on company business.

Your program should work to keep the driver and those with whom he/she shares
the road safe. And, if necessary, the program must work to change driver
attitudes, improve behavior, and increase skills to build a "be safe" culture.
By instructing your employees in basic safe driving practices and then
rewarding safety-conscious behavior, you can help your employees and their
families avoid tragedy.

Employees are an employer's most valuable assets. Workplace driver safety
programs not only make good business sense but also are a good employee
relations tool, demonstrating that employers care about their employees.

The new booklet outlines ten steps for building a driver safety program in your
workplace. These steps will be useful to any organization regardless of size of
the organization, type of traffic encountered, number of vehicles involved, or
whether employees drive company or personal vehicles for work purposes. Also
included are real-life examples of successful safety programs, key traffic
safety issues to address in the workplace, instructions for calculating your
organization's loss from motor vehicle crashes, and a list of resources to help
you fine-tune your program.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute of Occuaptional Safety and Health