OSHA cracks down on distracted driving: Are your workers pressured to text while at the wheel?

by on December 1, 2010 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

You know that text-messaging while driving multiplies the risk of accidents. But do you know whether your people are texting while they drive on company business?

If you don’t, it would be a good idea to find out. DOL Secretary Hilda Solis has just announced that OSHA will be cracking down on texting at the wheel.

The new OSHA program to combat distracted driving has a substantial education and PR component. But its centerpiece is enforcement.

Here’s how Solis put it: “When OSHA receives a credible complaint that an employer requires texting while driving or who organizes work so that texting is a practical necessity, we will investigate and where necessary issue citations and penalties to end this practice.”

Do a self-check

Although Solis didn’t say so, it sounds as if OSHA would be acting under the General Duty clause.

Safety Directors might want to partner with HR to:

  • Review job descriptions to make sure none appears to require texting while traveling, and
  • Check whether any employees feel as if they must text while driving to get their jobs done on time.

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