Distracted driving, and in particular texting while driving, are
important occupational safety issues, and employers need to act,
the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a
new brochure called "Distracted Driving: No Texting".
The brochure quotes an official as saying, "It is well
recognized that texting while driving dramatically increases the
risk of a motor vehicle injury or fatality. We are asking employers
to send a clear message to workers and supervisors that your
company neither requires nor condones texting while
The brochure goes on to state that employers should
"Prohibit texting while driving. OSHA encourages employers to
declare their vehicles 'text-free zones' and to emphasize
that commitment to their workers, customers, and
OSHA states that if it receives a "credible complaint that
an employer requires texting while driving or organizes work so
that texting is a practical necessity, we will investigate and will
issue citations and penalties where necessary to end this
One expects that Canadian workplace safety inspectors would
similarly take action, under occupational health and safety
legislation, against employers who require or encourage employees
to text while driving, or impose such great demands on employees
that they are practically required to text while driving.
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