Posted on Nov 2, 2017

Ireti Workers Compensation

Keeping your employee’s safe behind the wheel

There is a continued need for employers to keep their employee’s safe behind the wheel.
All employers who have workers that drive for business should have policies to ensure safe driving. The policy should include:
• A prohibition ban on texting and hand-held phone use.
• A prohibition on driving while under the influence of any amount of alcohol, illegal drugs or certain prescription and over-the counter medications that may impact driving.
• Training on safe driving strategies and discuss changes in road rules.
• Allow workers to take short naps — 45 minutes or less — in a safe location if and when they are tired while driving.
• Information on sleep disorders and other illnesses that may impact drowsiness.
Protecting New Drivers
Young workers have the highest crash rate based on miles driven, largely due to their inexperience. They are typically less able than other workers to recognize and respond to traffic risks.
There are several steps employers should take to prevent accidents among the youngest workers.
1) Know the law. Young workers are restricted in terms of whether, when and how long they can drive for work and check and verify the conditions on which they are driving.
2) Do background checks. Before hiring a young worker to drive, make sure he has a valid state license and has no record of any moving violations.
3) Take precautions. Before sending the worker out on the road, make sure the assignment follows th
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