If you are a company of any size - especially one with employees - you likely have a policy manual. If you don't have one, it's essential that you do. Get started right away. You can contact an attorney, prepare one from numerous online templates, purchase software, or hire a consultant.
One of the latest issues to arise is "Distracted Driving." According to a release from the NAHB, you should address this issue in your policy manual. Of main concern right now is the use of cell phones. Many jurisdictions already attempt to prohibit cell phone usage (calling, texting, or reading) altogether while in the car or truck.
OSHA has now weighed in on the subject of texting, officially declaring that companies are in violation of the law if by policy or practice they require texting while driving or create incentives that encourage or condone it, or if they structure work so that texting is a practical necessity for workers to carry out their job.
Is texting OK if the vehicle is not moving, or do we need to leave the vehicle before we can text or make/receive a call? What if someone texts us while we are driving and it concerns the appointment we are driving to?
This could apply to a great many of us, and the pressure is likely to increase.
As long as we are talking about distracted driving, we need to address and possibly ban listening to the radio or CD, looking at the scenery, daydreaming, thinking about our daily activities, talking to the passengers in our car, chewing gum, eating candy, drinking coffee or a soda, whistling or humming, getting stung by an insect, having a speck of dirt fly into our eyes, or other activities that come with being human.
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