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For Immediate Release,
6/18/2004
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 

National Safety Council Praises ExxonMobil for Enacting Cell Phone Policy

Itasca, IL - The National Safety Council today praised Exxon Mobil Corporation for its safety leadership in enacting a ban on cell phone use by ExxonMobil employees and contractors while driving on company business. The new policy was implemented by ExxonMobil in conjunction with the company's recognition of National Safety Month.

"ExxonMobil has again demonstrated its safety leadership by recognizing a significant driving hazard and acting to reduce this hazard for their thousands of employees and contractors who operate motor vehicles and travel on company business," said Alan C. McMillan, President of NSC.

The new policy was developed after ExxonMobil commissioned an analysis of available science on cell phone use that concluded talking on a cell phone significantly degrades driving performance. The ExxonMobil report analyzing cell phone research is available at NSC's Website.

"This action by ExxonMobil concurs with the policy of  NSC that states that best practice is to not use a cell phone while driving" McMillan said. "The council's policy also recommends that employers assess whether to allow employees to use cell phones and other devices while driving, and if so, what sensible restrictions should be followed. ExxonMobil has demonstrated that the safety and health of its employees and contractors is a key corporate value and we applaud them for that."

The National Safety Council (nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.

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