Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Feb 22, 2017
Safe driving habits and policies are extremely important in the workplace. A motor vehicle crash happens every 5 seconds, and every 12 minutes someone dies in an accident.
Safe Driving Program
The leading cause of death and injury in the U.S.A. is motor vehicle crashes. Reasons to have a driver safety program include:
1. To protect your organization's human and financial resources
2. To guard against company and personal liabilities associated with crashes
3. To save lives and to reduce the risk of life-altering injuries within your workforce.
Keeping your employees safe on the road is the most important part of the program. You may need to change driver attitudes, improve behavior, and increase skills. Your employees are your most valuable assets. When your employees see that you value their life through safety training, they will build stronger trust relations and self-value. You will also see an increase in employee morale as a result.
NETS 10 step program
This program helps guide you in making the proper improvements in traffic safety performance and risk management of motor vehicle crashes. The steps, when followed, will help you hire capable drivers who are eligible to drive company vehicles. The training will also help you supervise and maintain company vehicles properly. According to OSHA's motor vehicle guide, following the ten steps below can help keep your insurance costs down:
1. Senior Management Commitment & Employee Involvement
2. Written Policies and Procedures
3. Driver Agreements
4. Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Checks
5. Crash Reporting and Investigation
6. Vehicle Selection, Maintenance and Inspection
7. Disciplinary Action System
8. Reward/Incentive Program
9. Driver Training/Communication
10. Regulatory Compliance
Follow the quick steps below to get your drivers up and running safely:
Secure Materials for Transport
Tools, equipment, materials, and other items for transport should not move around truck beds or inside transport containers. Use proper straps, netting, or rope to secure.
Always Use Seat Belts
Seat belts alone save 12,000 lives each year. Without the belt, you will slam into the steering wheel, windshield, or other parts of the interior of the car, or even be ejected from the vehicle.
Stop Distracted Driving Now
In 25 to 30 percent of all traffic crashes, the driver is distracted by a phone call, text messaging, another passenger, or something else. Many employees feel pressured to multi-task while driving to make enough time for other tasks. Absolutely no texting should be done while driving. To view a pamphlet on the dangers of distracted driving, click here.
Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving
Alcohol and/or Drug use should never be combined with driving of any kind, company or personal vehicles. About 40 percent of all fatalities involving motor vehicles involve alcohol use.
If your employee is tired from a job, they need to get adequate rest before driving back to work the next day, especially if the job requires more than two hours of driving. Communication from the driver to the employer can stop accidents where fatigued drivers cannot properly operate a vehicle.
Driving can be stressful, bottlenecks, traffic delays, and other careless drivers can make one feel like they are wasting their time and reducing productivity. Aggressive driving behavior can be sparked by these situations. Do not tailgate, do excessive speeding, fail to signal a lane change, run a red light, go through a stop, speed through a school zone, or break any other local traffic laws.
It is very important to follow all local laws and adhere to policies created by employers for the safety of employees. For more information on motor safety, visit this OSHA web page.
If you haven't seen last week's post on "Lockout-Tagout" check it out here. Next week we will be discussing Safety Cabinets.