June 2019 Newsletter: Adopt the Model, Embrace the Mission

Why it makes dollars and $ense to pour on the transportation safety.

Get on the Road to Zero

Employers who embrace transportation safety reduce risk and can save on crash costs, sick leave, health care and fringe benefits. While doing so, they also can make a positive impact in their communities and build a reputation for caring about employees and their family members.

In her report, Employer Transportation Safety: On the Road to Zero, National Safety Council Senior Program Manager Lisa Robinson outlines the Our Driving Concern model and highlights positive outcomes of employers who have attended training sessions and used Our Driving Concern materials.

For example, Dolese ready-mix concrete mandated seat belt use, banned employees from talking on cellphones while driving and used cameras to capture its safety success story. Since 2016, the company that produced and delivered more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete during renovation of Oklahoma State University’s Boone Pickens Stadium has decreased coachable events by 54%.

In Robinson’s report, the voices of others serve as testimony to the bottom-line impact of transportation safety.

“The biggest change among our employees is them pulling over to use cellphones,” Cathie Cordis, director of human resources at Companion Healthcare, said. “Our (employees) are out in the field all day and continually receive calls and texts regarding their clients. We’ve had several employees turn on the ‘do not disturb’ function on their cellphone with a message stating to the caller they are driving and will return the call as soon as possible.”

Cordis displays free posters from Our Driving Concern in breakrooms and restrooms at Companion’s Guthrie headquarters. She uses training materials and video clips to keep driving safety at the forefront during safety meetings.

At your organization, you can take on the 4 Ds of impaired driving – distracted, drunk, drugged and drowsy – with free training and resources from Our Driving Concern.

Spot Symptoms, Take Action

Substance abusers use three times as many sick days.

One of our newest free resources is a Traffic Safety Huddle talk – Can You Read the Signs: Impairment in the Workplace. Here’s a bit of background.

  • Substance abusers use three times as many sick days and are five times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim
  • 75% of callers to a national drug help line admitted to using drugs while working, and 64% said drug use adversely affected their job performance

Discussion centers on the difficult decisions that can arise if a co-worker may not be safe to drive. Can you recognize the signs and symptoms of impairment due to alcohol and/or drug use? What about your employees?

Once you recognize the symptoms, the next step is to take action. You don’t want anyone at your organization taking unnecessary risks. You don’t want to see the safety of others on the road compromised, either.

As part of this learning exercise, you may want to review or update your organization’s safe driving policy for employees. We have created a Sample Driving Policy you can use as an example as you prepare your own safe driver policy.

The document addresses concern over aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and seat belt use. At the end, there is a place for employee acknowledgement of company policy, signature required.

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