CNA kicks off Distracted Driving Awareness Month with a safety campaign that runs throughout April and features a complimentary webinar on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 11 a.m. ET. The focus of the webinar will be on "Distracted Driving – Impact on Employee Safety, Productivity and Employer Liability." The webinar will be given by keynote speaker, David Teater, National Safety Council (NSC), senior director, Transportation Initiatives, who will discuss the history and science of mobile communications and driver distraction, corporate response and policies, and public opinion on cellphone driving bans and the legislative environment.
"Distracted driving has a significant impact on both employee safety and employer liability," said Bill Boyd, senior vice president, CNA Risk Control. "By teaming up with the National Safety Council, we're combining CNA's professionals' knowledge and experience to minimize accidents and better manage our customers' liability exposures with NSC's advocacy initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries associated with distracted driving."
CNA Risk Control provides 10 key tips for businesses to minimize auto distractions, and will be sharing these tips and more on CNA's Facebook and Twitter pages throughout April using NSC's hashtag, #CallsKill.
• TIP 1: Issue a written company policy on avoiding all distractions and cellphone use while driving.
• TIP 2: Prohibit the use of cellphones when operating any vehicle on company business.
• TIP 3: Use cell blocking technology for cellphones in company-owned vehicles.
• TIP 4: Require drivers to be legally parked if they want to use a cellphone from their vehicle.
• TIP 5: Implement a discipline program for violation of in-vehicle behavior and cellphone policies.
• TIP 6: Allow voice mail to handle calls.
• TIP 7: Allow a passenger in the vehicle to handle calls.
• TIP 8: Notify callers via voice mail when employees are driving that they are not available to answer the call and will return calls when it is safe to do so.
• TIP 9: Encourage employees to inform regular callers of their driving schedules and when they are available to talk.
• TIP 10: While driving, remind employees to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes and minds on the road.