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OSHA Offers New Guidelines to Help Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes

January 30, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) have developed new guidelines aimed to help employers and employees who use motor vehicles for work.The 32-page Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes offers information to help employers design an effective driver safety program in their workplace. It features a 10-step program outlining what an employer can do to improve traffic safety performance and minimize the risk of motor vehicle crashes. The document includes success stories from employers who have benefited from effective driver safety programs. The guidelines include a detailed section on the causes of aggressive, distracted, drowsy, and impaired driving, and tips for avoiding such behavior on the road. There is also a sample worksheet for calculating the costs of motor vehicle crashes to employers. The motor vehicle guidance is available from OSHA’s publications page on the Web, or can be ordered by calling the publications office at (202) 693-1888.
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