OSHA launches anti-distracted driving webpage
OSHA on Monday kicked off Drive Safely Work Week by launching a new education campaign and webpage for employers to help prevent work-related distracted driving.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related death, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The webpage is aimed at workplaces that use various motor vehicles to deliver goods and services, an OSHA press release stated. The online resource includes information on workers' rights, employer responsibility to provide safe workplaces, and best practices and policies on achieving safe workplaces.
OSHA administrator David Michaels posted an open letter on the website that requests companies examine their policies and practices, informs them that they have a legal obligation to prohibit workplace hazards such as texting while driving, and asks them to immediately remove any incentives that may motivate employees to text while behind the wheel.