Employer Traffic Safety Program Part 3
This is an excerpt from the article, “Our Driving Concern – Employer Traffic Safety Program.” For more info, please visit http://www.nsc.org.
||What You Can Do
Implement a Corporate Cell Phone Ban
Driver distractions cost the U.S. economy more than $3.58 billion (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study) each month. In an effort to protect employees and their finances, many employers are implementing corporate cell phone bans, which protect employees both on and off the job.
A corporate cell phone ban might ask employees to:
- Turn off wireless phones or other devices before starting the car.
- Inform clients, associates and business partners that calls will be returned when no longer driving.
- Pull over to a safe location and put the vehicle in park if a call must be made.
99% of organizations that responded to an NSC survey with total cell phone bans saw no decrease in productivity.
Learn how to implement a corporate policy that bans cell phone use while driving.
Educate Your Staff on the Risks of Distracted Driving
Your staff will have many questions about a cell phone ban and the risks of distracted driving, so prepare yourself to answer them.
Promote Distraction-Free Driving
- Announce Your Commitment to Employee Safety – Introduce your cell phone policy and emphasize how it will ensure a safe workplace. Distribute the policy and give employees time to read and react to it, then explain what the ramifications are if employees fail to adhere to the policy.
- Create a 12-Month Safety Calendar – You should promote distraction-free driving all year, but build on momentum of safety events during logical times of the year, like April’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
- Use Posters, Web Banners and Fact Sheets from NSC – The National Safety Council provides many resources to help promote the prevention of distracted driving. Our Cell Phone Policy Kit provides ready-to-use materials.