OSHA targets texting while driving on company business
An open letter to employers on the OSHA website, warns employers who require employees to text while driving or create incentives that encourage or condone it, or they structure work so that texting is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job are violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In its news release, OSHA further states that it will investigate credible complaints promptly and issue citations and penalties to end the practice. OSHA explains that employers have the “responsibility and legal obligation to create and maintain a safe and healthful workplace” – and this includes having a clear, unequivocal, and enforced policy against the hazard of texting while driving. Employers who have not already done so should set a policy on the use of electronic devices while driving and make sure employees understand that texting while driving is prohibited.
A webpage informs workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibility to provide safe workplaces, and offer best practices and policies on achieving safe workplaces in motor vehicles. Information and continual updates are available at www.osha.gov/distracted-driving
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