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OSHA for Safety Driving!

OSHA for Safety Driving!
It is fairly old news that OSHA has partnered with NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and NETS (Network of Employers for Traffic Safety) to release new guidelines as far as the reduction of motor vehicle crashes involving employees are concerned. This document suggests the various actions that employers can take in order to ensure that vehicles in the workplace and other areas are safe for their employees. These guidelines however are not regulatory but merely advisory. However, OSHA requires employers to comply with the various hazard-specific safety and health standards, and employers can be cited for not taking the necessary preventive measures to avoid motor crashed involving their employees.

But the document also concentrates on the significant costs of crashes to employers at the workplace, as well as to employee’s private lives. Motor vehicle crashes are estimated to cost an employer $60 billion per year. An average crash would cost an employer nearly $16,500, but an on-the-job crash could amount to $75,000. And a crash that results in the death of an employee can even cost $500,000 or more.

The document also offers the ten best steps to implement in your motor vehicle safety program at the workplace – right from making regular vehicle inspections to checking motor vehicle records and providing defensive driving trainings.