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Should we limit use of personal phones while driving?

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Q. We have field employees who use their own cell phones on the job. Do we need to establish a policy on cell phone usage, even though the phones aren’t ours and aren’t required by us? — N.V., Minnesota

It’s a good idea to have a policy that addresses employees’ use of their own cell phones if they use them while working. If employees drive company vehicles or engage in hazardous or dangerous work, the policy might prohibit making or receiving calls on company time.

A great deal of data indicates that the likelihood of an accident increases while drivers are on the phone. If your state permits the use of cell phones while driving, consider requiring the use of a hands-free device if you don’t prohibit use of the cell phone or limit it to emergency use.

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