The National Safety Council (NSC) designates April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a time to draw attention to the hazards of using cell phones while driving. As the NSC notes, phone use while driving, including texting and reading social media, has contributed to thousands of highway deaths.
Employers can play a big role in protecting workers who drive for their jobs. Download the free NSC employer cell phone policy toolkit. Also, OSHA reminds employers that it is a violation of the OSH Act for employers to require workers to text while driving, create incentives that encourage or condone it, or structure work so that texting while driving is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job. For more information, see OSHA’s Distracted Driving brochure.