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Release Number: 10-1399-NAT
Oct. 4, 2010
Contact: Jason Surbey    Diana Petterson
Phone: 202-693-4668    202-693-1898
E-mail: surbey.jason@dol.gov    petterson.diana@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA reaches out to prevent distracted driving
Agency launches online resource for Drive Safely Work Week

WASHINGTON In conjunction with Drive Safely Work Week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced an education campaign calling on employers to prevent work-related distracted driving, with a special focus on prohibiting texting while driving.

"Year after year, the leading cause of worker fatalities is motor vehicle crashes," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA Dr. David Michaels. "There's no question that new communications technologies are helping businesses work smarter and faster. But getting work done faster does not justify the dramatically increased risk of injury and death that comes with texting while driving."

Part of OSHA's education outreach is a new Web page aimed at those whose workplaces are the cars, vans and trucks that deliver the goods and services on which the nation's economy depends, and their employers. This online resource will inform workers of their rights, and employers of their responsibility to provide safe workplaces, and offer best practices and policies on achieving safe workplaces in motor vehicles. Information and continual updates is available at http://www.osha.gov/distracted-driving.

An open letter to employers, also posted online, requests that companies examine their policies and practices, informs them that they have a legal obligation to prohibit workplace hazards such as texting while driving, and asks them to immediately remove any incentiv