OSHA, NSC Unite to Combat Distracted Driving in the Workplace with Upcoming Panel

OSHA, NSC Unite to Combat Distracted Driving in the Workplace with Upcoming Panel

The April 10 event is timed to take place during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

OSHA and the National Safety Council (NSC) are joining forces to spotlight the dangers of distracted driving at an upcoming panel discussion titled "Roadway Safety is Workplace Safety: The Need to Eliminate Distracted Driving,"

According to a recent release, the event—scheduled for April 10, 2024—will address the predominance of workplace fatalities occurring in transportation incidents. Drawing attention to Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it will feature key figures such as OSHA Assistant Secretary of Labor Douglas L. Parker and NSC President and CEO Lorraine Martin. 

“Since their establishments, NSC and OSHA have worked with employers to improve safety outcomes for workers,” Martin said in a statement. “Roadway safety is an integral component of workplace safety, and employers can make a difference in keeping those who drive to, from and for work, as well as those who share the road with them, as safe as possible. We are proud to host this event with our partners at the Department of Labor and look forward to bringing leading workplace and roadway safety voices to the table to address these issues and save lives.”

Martin and Parker will be joined by representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as a voice from the private sector, to explore the role employers play in enhancing road safety for workers.

“Transportation incidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death among America’s workers. Understanding the risks of distracted driving is critical to protecting not only workers while on the road but those around them,” Parker said. “OSHA wants to make sure that employers know their responsibility to have policies in place for safe driving practices, including work practices and procedures that do not contribute to distracted driving.”

Open to the public, the event will be held at the U.S. Department of Labor on April 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Interested parties can register to attend either in person or virtually.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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