Controlling Employee Vehicle Use: Safety Programs

Vehicle Safety ProgramsThese common scenarios show how company- or employee-owned vehicles are typically used in plastics and rubber goods processing facilities:

• Salespeople, facility management and engineers drive to customers’ sites for product presentations

• Employees use an assigned box-truck to deliver finished products to customer locations and deliver scrap to regrind vendors

• Sales and management staff are assigned company vehicles for their business and personal use

• Temporary employees deliver parts to customers, with no restriction on delivery distance

• Front office employees deposit company mail at the post office while driving their personal
vehicles home for the evening

Each of these scenarios represents a diverse, but realistic, use of vehicles at the typical plastics and rubber goods processing facility. Effectively controlling the associated risks represents one of your most important risk management challenges.

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with vehicle use by employees by implementing these tips for plastics and rubber goods processors:

Safety Programs                                                                                                                                                                 

• Have all employees sign a Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) authorization form

• Collect and review MVRs upon initial hire and every two years thereafter

• Objectively evaluate each employee’s driving background over the last three years

• Train employees on safe driving techniques and your expectations of their driving conduct

• Specify disciplinary steps regarding substandard employee driving conduct and MVR checks

• Conduct drug and alcohol testing of all new employees and on a post-accident basis. Some limitations may apply.

• Specifically prohibit cell phone use and texting/messaging while driving. Permit use only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop.

• Ensure that drivers of vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds, and those that transport hazardous materials, comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety guidelines

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