When OSHA launched Drive Safely Work Week in October, employees of the federal government were already in the driver’s seat.
President Obama signed an executive order last year prohibiting federal employees from texting while driving.
This fall, in an effort to prevent work-related distracted driving, OSHA called on all employers to do the same for their employees.
OSHA has a new web page (www.osha.gov/distracted-driving) aimed at people who work out of their cars, vans and trucks. It focuses on every employer’s responsibility to enforce policies that achieve a safe workplace—even when that workplace is a vehicle.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 5,400 people died in crashes linked to distracted driving last year. Thirty states already ban texting while driving.