|NETWORK OF EMPLOYERS FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY ALIGNS WITH OSHA TO
REDUCE JOB-RELATED TRAFFIC INJURIES AND FATALITIES
WASHINGTON -- Reducing work-related traffic injuries and
deaths is the goal of a new Alliance the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) has formed with the Network
of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).
"Motor vehicle incidents are one of the top causes of
fatalities on the job," said OSHA Administrator John
Henshaw. "Our Alliance with NETS will strengthen our
outreach efforts to increase awareness about roadway safety
and enable us to achieve a greater impact by saving lives
and preventing traffic related incidents at worksites all
across the country."
"Safe driving is everyone's business and employers must
do their part to make safe driving practices a part of every
trip, every day," said Kathryn Lusby-Treber, Executive
Director of NETS. "We believe that our new cooperative
relationship with OSHA will advance a culture of prevention
that will reduce traffic collisions and related deaths and
injuries in our nation's workforce."
OSHA and NETS will work together to provide employers of
all sizes with access to information and resources such as
OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialists and NETS States that
can be used to create effective workplace traffic safety programs,
develop and disseminate materials that promote safe driving
practices, and work on electronic assistance tools for workplace
traffic safety programs, including fleet safety programs.
The Alliance calls for OSHA and NETS to promote a national
dialogue on workplace safety and health that will raise awareness
of safe driving practices and traffic safety programs. The
members will convene or participate in forums and round table
discussions on safe driving practices to help forge innovative
solutions to traffic safety issues in the workplace and work
with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects
related to traffic and fleet safety.
A joint team of representatives from OSHA and NETS will meet
regularly to develop an action plan, determine working procedures,
and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants.
In addition, they will meet at least quarterly to track and
share information on activities and results in achieving the
goals of the Alliance.
Created in 1989 by public and private sector leaders, NETS
develops safety policies, workplace informational and training
programs and corporate community activities to help reduce
traffic-related deaths and injuries.