Today’s post is from my friends at SocialMonsters.org. In lieu of driverless cars our safety in our cars and trucks relies on our human drivers. Some of are not doing that great. Here in my home state of Georgia, we have had over 900 traffic fatalities so far this year. Some of these fatalities may have occurred in the course of someone’s work. So here are some resources that may improve that situation.
In 2015 in the U.S., there were 32,166 fatal motor accidents, leading to a total 35,092 deaths. Not all of them happened in the context of work-related traveling, but many do. The CDC reports 22,000 work-related motor vehicle deaths in the United States between 2003 and 2014.
Motor vehicle accidents have significant human and financial costs for businesses. According to 2013 data, businesses pay $65,000 per non-fatal injury, and $671,000 per death. Experts estimate the total costs to employers at $25 billion a year, a high price to pay for mostly preventable incidents.
As HR professionals, you want to not only ensure your employees’ safety, but also minimize the costs of accidents for the company. This is why the United States Department of Labor encourages employers to develop motor vehicle safety programs for their workforce. Sharing safety resources with your employees is an important part of such a program. Here are five such resources that you can use to build your own documents, or use as-is with your employees.
Your State’s DMV Handbook
The first resource you should share with your employees is your state’s DMV handbook. The DMV handbook for your state contains all the rules of the road and regulations drivers should know, including specific statewide signs.
This handy website contains all the most recent DMV handbooks. All you need to do is enter your state. If your employees drive across several states, make sure to give them access to those, too.
The National Safety Council’s Journey to Safety Excellence
The NSC’s free resource, Journey to Safety Excellence, includes several tools that will help you speak about and assess safety in the workplace, including for employees on the road.
The NSC is a registered non-profit that also provides defensive driving courses and other safety-related training to communities and organizations across the country.
The CDC’s Motor Vehicle Safety at Work Website
The Centers for Disease Control has a section of their website dedicated to fact sheets, quick tips and informational documents about driving safety at work for several categories, including older drivers, new and young drivers, drivers at risk (ambulances and firetrucks) and other groups.
The CDC’s information is fact- and research-based, and is an excellent source of information for both HR professionals developing a safety program, and employees looking to remain safe on the road.
The National Institute’s for Occupational Safety and Health’s Work-Related Roadway Crashes Document
Another helpful document found on the CDC website (specifically NIOSH) is the Work-Related Roadway Crashes: Challenges and Opportunities for Prevention document. This thorough publication covers general issues, the most impacted groups, and recommendations for preventive measures that employers can implement.
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Guidelines for Employers
A quick reference for HR professionals remains the OSHA’s Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes, practically contained on a single page. This document can help you determine the kind of prevention program needed in your organization, and evaluate the current direct and indirect costs of motor vehicle crashes for your company.
The page contains links to several other sources of information, making it an excellent first read to get acquainted with the different issues, risks, and possible preventive measures concerning work-related driving incidents.
Together, these resources will provide you with enough information to get you started on an effective driving safety program in your organization.