Driving Your Safety Culture Home!
Any business in our community will have a list of safety rules and regulations that they expect their employees to follow while on the job. Some companies or business may be more stringent of their policies than others. But every business knows the liabilities surrounding the issue of safety, and realize that their employees are their best asset to their business. If attendance of employees is low due to injuries sustained on the job, the cost to that business can be enormous. Also, many places of business simply value those people as a type of “family”, considering the number of hours they are with each other each week. For these reasons, safety is an issue that should be a priority of every business.
But did you know that driving is likely the riskiest activity an employee will do all day? Consider the statistics: Every 12 minutes a person will die in a motor vehicle crash ; Every 10 seconds a person will be injured in a motor vehicle crash; Every 5 seconds, a motor vehicle crash will occur. This is why the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety is asking all businesses to recognize “Drive Safely to Work Week” October 6-10, 2014.
Adding traffic safety to your list of items to discuss with your employees is a great start to this effort. If part of your employees’ job description is to drive a motor vehicle for their job, insist they “Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time”, and prohibit them from texting and driving while on the clock. But more importantly, establish a culture of safety by encouraging your employees to follow these simple rules of safety every time they are behind the wheel. Some companies consider driving records when hiring and retaining employees. But making sure your employees know the risks, your concerns, and your expectations, will go a long way to making safety a habit your employees can embrace.
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety has more information on what employers can do to encourage traffic safety to their employees at www.trafficsafety.org . The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has plenty of information on the various areas of traffic safety at www.nhtsa.gov . Safety is a great way to do business before, during, and after the work day…every day!