Aegis Mobility Releases White Paper on Risk and Liability from Employee Distracted Driving

As part of April being Nation­al Dis­tract­ed Dri­ving Aware­ness Month, Aegis Mobil­i­ty has issued a new white paper enti­tled “Employ­ee Dis­tract­ed Dri­ving: Under­stand­ing Your Busi­ness Risk and Lia­bil­i­ty.” To devel­op a rea­son­able mobile device safe­ty pro­gram, com­pa­nies should start a thought­ful, delib­er­a­tive dis­cus­sion with key cor­po­rate stake­hold­ers – from account­ing to legal; from man­age­ment to staff. The con­ver­sa­tion should focus on the risks and util­i­ty of mobile device use for that com­pa­ny. There is no sin­gle com­pli­ance solu­tion. What works for one com­pa­ny may not work for anoth­er.

The fac­tors to con­sid­er include, among oth­ers – the company’s foot­print, resources, safe­ty cul­ture, and risk tol­er­ance. The Nation­al Safe­ty Coun­cil (“NSC”) warns that “[e]mployers should set poli­cies that exceed exist­ing rules, reg­u­la­tions and laws.” The prac­ti­cal goal is to lim­it dis­tract­ing behav­iors; the aspi­ra­tional goal is to elim­i­nate them.

For a tem­plate safe­ty pro­gram, employ­ers should review indus­try vol­un­tary stan­dard Z15.1 from the Amer­i­can Nation­al Stan­dards Insti­tute (“ANSI”). Under Z15.1, com­pa­nies “shall” have a writ­ten safe­ty pro­gram, and it “shall” include these key ele­ments:

 Safe­ty pol­i­cy;

 Respon­si­bil­i­ties and account­abil­i­ties;

 Orga­ni­za­tion­al safe­ty rules;

 Ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing;

 Reg­u­la­to­ry com­pli­ance man­age­ment; and

 Man­age­ment pro­gram audits.

You can down load the paper, writ­ten in col­lab­o­ra­tion with a spe­cial­ized nation­al law firm, for free by .

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