Millions of people drive as part of their jobs. Some are professionally trained drivers, many are not. If a job does not primarily involve driving, the employee often does not receive the same kind of safety management or engagement in driving safety that others may get.
Employers need to manage the safety of their employees on the roads, just as they manage other risks in the workplace. Start with an understanding of keeping employees safe. The NSC
Journey to Safety Excellence incorporates leadership and employee engagement, risk management, safety management systems and measurement.
Off-the-job crashes account for 80% of employer crash-related health benefit costs, and half of crash-related injuries cause employees to miss work. According to
Injury Facts, the average economic cost due to a crash was more than $1 million per death and more than $78,000 per nonfatal disabling injury. Employers pay significant costs associated with off-the-job crashes, including decreases in employee health, well-being, and productivity, and increases in lost time from work and insurance costs.
To prevent motor vehicle crashes involving their employees on and off the job, employers should:
- Apply principles of the
Journey to Safety Excellence
- Engage employees to understand the risks they face while driving, take action to address the risks and implement measures to track progress
- Offer defensive driving courses and other training specific to the risks faced
- Offer programs for employees with alcohol or prescription or illegal drug problems
- Enact a corporate cell phone policy to prevent all cell phone use behind the wheel
- Enact a policy that requires employees to wear seat belts
- Ask NSC experts to assess your organization's road safety systems, and help design and execute a program