6.30.2011

Workplace Safety: Strong Policies and Practices Concerning Text Messaging

It is becoming common knowledge that texting while driving is clearly dangerous. Studies have shown that texting may inhibit driving reactions more than alcohol. OSHA data shows that, in 2009, crashes caused by distracted drivers killed more than 5,400 people and injured nearly half a million.

Employers should consider developing policies and practices to ensure that employees use text messaging only under the safest circumstances during the work day, including:
  1. Prohibiting texting whiling driving;
  2. Establishing work procedures and rules that do not make it necessary for workers to text while driving in order to carry out their duties;
  3. Setting up clear procedures, times and places for the safe use of texting for communicating with managers, customers, etc.; and
  4. Incorporating safe communications practices into employee orientation and training that should include supervisors and workers.
For help in putting these recommendations into place, contact one of the attorneys in the Employment Services Group at Roetzel & Andress.



Contact: Brian A. Tarian
614.723.2028
btarian@ralaw.com

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