VEHICLE SAFETY POLICY
All employees operating company vehicles or operating personal vehicles on company business are subject to the following policy:
a)You are authorized only to operate the vehicle assigned to you by your supervisor. Vehicles should be used only for conducting the necessary company business that you have been specifically assigned. Supervisors must approve all tasks requiring the use of company vehicles before they are performed.
b)You must have a valid driver's license and the correct license needed for the vehicle you have been assigned. Notify your supervisor and DO NOT OPERATE THE VEHICLE if you are not properly licensed.
c)NEVER OPERATE A VEHICLE unless you have received training in the inspection, operation and maintenance of the vehicle you have been assigned and understand what is required of you.
d)Inspect your assigned vehicle before and after each trip following the established company procedure. NEVER operate a vehicle that does not pass your inspection. Document the results of your inspection on the appropriate form and notify your supervisor.
e)Be sure all necessary documentation (driver's license, owner card, insurance card etc.) is in the vehicle before it is used.
f)Seat belts and shoulder harnesses, if installed, must be worn by drivers and passengers at all times. DO NOT operate a vehicle unless you and your passengers are wearing safety belts and shoulder harnesses.
g)DO NOT allow anyone to operate your assigned vehicle or be a passenger unless authorized by your supervisor.
h)Immediately notify your supervisor of any legal citations received while operating a vehicle on or off the job.
i)Report all accidents following established company procedures.
j)Observe the company "Substance Abuse" policy at all times. Do not operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or hazardous prescription medication. Do not ride with anyone under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or hazardous prescription medication.
k)Obey all traffic laws, and operate your vehicle in a safe and courteous manner at all times.
SAFETY BELT USE POLICY
This company recognizes that safety belts save lives and reduce the severity and cost of accidents. Use of available safety belts will be a part of our company safety and health program.
We are therefore implementing this safety belt usage policy:
If available, seat belts shall be used when traveling on business. Managers and supervisors are expected to demonstrate their commitment to, and support of, this policy by their strict adherence to it.
The following guidelines apply to all employees and to all occupants of vehicles driven by employees on official business:
a)Occupants shall use the available restraints in employer-owned, leased, or rented vehicles whenever such vehicles are in use, and also in personal vehicles when used for official business.
b)Belt systems in all vehicles are to be maintained so that they are clean, easily accessible and in good working order.
c)New employees will be required to sign a pledge to wear safety belts as a condition of employment.
d)Safety belt use shall be enforced in the same manner and with the same enforcement tools as any other work rule.
e)Employees will be instructed on this policy at new employee orientations and driver training, and then sustained through ongoing employee awareness training and communications that encourage employees and their families to wear safety belts on and off the job.
f)The implementation of this policy will be the responsibility of appropriate line management. Compliance with this policy, enforcement problems, achievements and ideas for strengthening the policy will be reviewed in six months and thereafter on a regular basis.
EMPLOYEE SAFETY BELT USE PLEDGE
I shall use the available restraints in employer-owned, leased, or rented vehicles whenever such vehicles are in use, and also in personal vehicles when used for official business; and I will encourage passengers to do the same.
I will ensure that safety belt systems in my assigned vehicles are maintained so that they are clean, easily accessible and in good working order.
I understand that safety belt use shall be enforced in the same manner with the same enforcement tools as any other work rule.
Employee Signature Date
CELL PHONE/WIRELESS DEVICES USE POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to protect your safety by banning you from using cell phones and other wireless devices when driving that may cause distractions that prevent you from concentrating 100 percent on safe operation of the vehicle and thus lead to accidents.
RULES FOR ALL WORKERS
A.)Ban on Hand-Held Wireless Communication Devices. When you are on duty and driving, you MAY NOT use a Hand-Held wireless communication device of any type. This includes not only hand-held cell phones, but also text pagers, two-way radios and other wireless devices.
B.)Scope. The ban on the use of wireless communication devices above applies:
- To all vehicles operated by workers while on duty, whether owned by the company or the individual worker;
- To all wireless devices, whether owned by the company or by the individual worker; and
- To all conversations, whether personal or business-related; and
C.)Handling Calls When Driving
- Incoming Calls: Make sure your phone has caller ID and/or voice mail. If the phone rings, don’t answer it unless and until you pull over in a safe spot (or let a passenger answer the call). If it’s urgent, you may accept or return the call, provided that you remain parked off the roadway. You may not resume driving until the conversation ends.
- Outgoing Calls: You may not make outgoing calls while driving. If you want to place a call, pull over in a safe spot first.
EMPLOYEE CELL PHONE/WIRELESS DEVICE USE PLEDGE
Effect of Policy: Violations of the foregoing rules will be considered a serious offense and may result in the imposition of discipline up to and including termination.
Reminder: The use of cell phones and other wireless devices while driving leads to distractions that can result in traffic accident. So, while we cannot force you to adhere to these rules when you are not on duty, we strongly urge you to do so for your own safety and well-being and that of family, friends and third parties on the roadways.
I understand that the cell phone/wireless devices use shall be enforced in the same manner with the same enforcement tools as any other work rule.