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Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« on: April 06, 2015, 09:06:15 AM »
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To help do our part and increase awareness, HSE Press Forum will be holding a contest to earn a free safety t-shirt. To be entered into the drawing to win the t-shirt below, simply comment on at least one of our distracted driving forum posts. We will randomly select a winner from our participants during the first week of May, who will be notified via email. UPDATE: This contest has been closed. Thank you for all who participated and feel free to continue the conversation!

Each week, including this week, we will be posting forum questions about distracted driving.  Respond to the following question to be eligible for the t-shirt:

Does your company have a cellphone use while driving policy?  If not, do you think it is necessary?  Why or why not? And, if so, is the policy effective?  How would you improve it?



« Last Edit: May 01, 2015, 01:36:29 PM by shanari »




Chris

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2015, 10:02:03 AM »
Just some food for thought... If a company doesn't have a clear policy related to cell phone use while driving, and an employee gets into an accident, the company could potentially be fined by OSHA. Companies must have a written policy that drivers are trained on that expressly prohibits the use of cell phones. Anything less leaves the company open to liability issues.... You can't just say, "The employee should have used better judgement or known better..."
Christopher Geigle
General Manager
OSHAcademy
www.oshatrain.org


toddsbiyj

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2015, 10:04:47 AM »
I have not formally seen policy but yes it is needed. As we all know by now, cell phone use while driving is steadily becoming a major cause of motor vehicle accidents and deaths. I definitely believe in the hands-free or even no use policies.
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........

toddsbiyj

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2015, 10:08:20 AM »
Chris,
I agree. It follows every other safety policy requirement; if it isn't written and trained then the company has not thought about the risk and will bare all responsibility. If the policy is in place, cascaded and trained, then at the least the company can put blame on the employee which is a whole different ballgame.
Just another safety guy trying to figure it out...........

lkmalave

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2015, 11:10:08 AM »
We have a cellphone policy that everyone must sign. The only improvement would be to enforce it more. Repeating that you shouldn't be talking on your phone is going in one ear and out the other.

shanari

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2015, 01:35:19 PM »
What industry do you work in, lkmalave? It's good to hear your company has a policy in place. What do you think could be done to enforce the policy more?
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org

muzamil

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2015, 11:57:56 AM »
Encouraging good driving is good business. Having a safe driving policy can
protect your staff and enhance your reputation, both within your own
company and with your customers.
A safe driving policy is easy to set up and can save you money. No matter
what kind of company you run, how big it is or how many vehicles you have,
implementing even small safe driving initiatives can reduce injuries, save
lives and save your business money.
This booklet tells you in detail why you need a safe driving policy and
provides ideas that are easy to include in your safe driving policy.

fletch1958

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2015, 06:39:45 AM »
My previous employer does have a cell phone policy.  To not use cell phone while operating a company vehicle or equipment.  But often times I would find myself, telling this person or that person what they are doing is not only unsafe but against policy, and continuing with your not only putting yourself at risk, but also whom ever is in the vehicle with you, or those around the equipment that your operating as well.

GraceF05

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2015, 09:53:26 AM »
Yes, we have a policy that not only prohibits cell phone use, it includes any and all electronic device usage while driving a company vehicle or a personal vehicle on company business.  Every employee is introduced to the policy during new hire orientation and is required to sign an acknowledgment that they have received training and agree to abide by the policy.    Enforcement is the issue, it is hard to ensure that 150 employees are not using their phones while driving, and co-workers aren't about to rat out their friends.

lkmalave

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2015, 12:11:54 PM »
What industry do you work in, lkmalave? It's good to hear your company has a policy in place. What do you think could be done to enforce the policy more?

I work in the heavy and highway industry. Enforcing the policy more would be hard unless we mandated an app that sent automatic texts saying "I am driving". Or a GPS installed with mph... but this may cause workers to feel we are invading their privacy.

shanari

Re: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Contest Question #2
« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2015, 02:00:06 PM »
GraceF05 is our contest winner and was randomly selected to receive a free safety t-shirt!

A big thank you to her and everyone else who participated in our Distracted Driving Contest! There were so many great comments and remarks received. We hope everyone will continue to post and share their knowledge on other forum topics or start their own conversations on one of our boards.

Have a great and safe day!
Shanari Baird
Training & Marketing Specialist
OSHAcademy
http://www.oshatrain.org