Safety Smart Employees: Driving Safely at Work

Safety Smart-Work

In the last week of National Safety Month, the National Safety Council brings attention to driving safely at work. Last week we gave you “Three Workplace Hazard Observation Tips.” With this week’s theme of “Share Roads Safely,” we thought we’d move from hazard identification to hazard prevention by discussing how to promote safe driving in and outside of the workplace.

Distracted driving is defined as driving while anything else is drawing away your attention. This includes talking and texting, putting on makeup, and eating or drinking. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), distracted driving is responsible for 5,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. This represents 16% of all fatal crashes.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that distractions can be visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel), or cognitive (taking your mind off driving). In … Read more...