There are straightforward steps you can take to ensure the safety of your employees in the workplace. Rules are posted and enforced through on-the-job oversight, and employees see safe habits modeled by supervisors and peers throughout their work day. However, if the workplace exists on four (or eight or more!) wheels, what can you do to help reduce accidents and incidents on the road? This is a serious issue facing all employers, not just those in the transportation and warehousing industry. Although the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that in 2017, the latest year for which data are currently available, transportation and moving material occupations accounted for about 20% of all injuries, illnesses and fatalities, it also reports that 40% of all fatalities were related to transportation incidents – regardless of industry or occupation. How can you help protect your employees and your business, even when drivers are not in your physical workplace? Creating a safety culture in your company can easily be extended to roles that encompass driving, whether those roles require an employee to be driving all day or only occasionally to be behind the wheel. As with any program, creating a company culture that values safety requires three critical components: carefully crafting policies that meet your objectives, consistent training and re-training of employees, and a managerial force that values and enforces a safety-first workplace. OSHA outlines three bottom-line reasons for putting your full effort into this work. A driver safety program:
- saves lives and reduces the risk of life-altering injuries within your workforce.
- protects your organization’s human and financial resources.
- guards against potential company and personal liabilities associated with crashes involving employees driving on company business.