NETS Board Chair Sandra Lee Recipient of AALA Fleet Safety Award

Sandra Lee, director, worldwide road safety for Johnson & Johnson and NETS Board Chair, has been named the recipient of the second annual Road Safety Award, sponsored by the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA).  The award was presented at the recent Road Safety Conference, sponsored by the publishers of Automotive Fleet and AALA.

The Road Safety Award seeks to recognize candidates who have shown leadership, innovation, and measurable results in enhancing the safety of their employees, those traveling with them, as well as everyone else who shares the roads with them.

“Sandy leads a corporate road safety program recognized around the world for its breadth, width and results,” says Jack Hanley, NETS executive director.  “Sandy combines strategic vision with tactical clarity to ensure J&J’s road safety program keeps J&J’s business drivers around the world safe today and in the future.”

Lee is responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s SAFE Fleet and safety policies for the company’s more than 33,000 drivers across the globe. Johnson & Johnson’s safety programs are part of its overall sustainability efforts, which include employees, family members, and the community at large in all of the company’s worldwide markets.

Sandra’s background includes over 20 years of experience in the fields of health, wellness and safety.  Prior to her current position, Sandra was the Health & Safety Director with responsibility for health and safety services provided to North America Consumer and Personal Care Companies within J&J and for facilitating global ergonomics risk reduction efforts within this group. Her experience also includes the delivery of health, wellness and Employee Assistance Program services for US employees in manufacturing and R&D environments.

As chairperson of NETS, among numerous contributions, Lee has contributed to NETS’ role as a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, the principal steering committee for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Lee also has helped to shape NETS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS®™ Road Safety Benchmark program and has consistently been a member of the steering committee for its annual Drive Safely Work Week campaign.

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Contact:
Jack Hanley
Executive Director, NETS
314-680-3293
jhanley@trafficsafety.org

NETS presented road safety Global Leadership Award by the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT)

Sobel: Much has been accomplished, but so much more remains to be done. We shall do it in our children’s memory and in their honor.

WASHINGTON (May 30, 2013) – Road crashes remain the single greatest killer of Americans traveling abroad, said Rochelle Sobel, president of the Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT), in remarks at its annual fund-raising event in the nation’s capital on May 20.

“Poor roads, unroadworthy vehicles, irresponsible driver behaviors and inadequate enforcement continue to shatter dreams and destroy lives,” said Sobel, who founded ASIRT in 1995 following the death of her son, Aron Sobel, and 22 other passengers from a bus crash in Turkey.

The gala theme, Global Crossroads to a Safe Future, builds on the steady momentum of change established by the international and U.S. road safety communities, including the United Nation’s General Assembly, which declared 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. Five honorees were recognized at the gala for their individual and organizational efforts to advance ASIRT’s mission of improving global road safety.

“If we achieve our goal, we will save 5 million lives and prevent 50 million injuries,” Sobel said. “Nearly 100 countries have launched the Decade of Action for Road Safety, each committing its government to take evidence based and proven steps to improve road safety. ASIRT is proud of the pivotal role it plays in these and many other milestones.”

“There are many reasons to be hopeful. Much has been accomplished, but so much more remains to be done,” Sobel added. “We shall do it in our children’s memory and in their honor.”

U.S. Rep Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) received ASIRT’s Congressional Leadership in Global Road Safety Award. In his opening remarks Van Hollen said fatalities caused by road crashes are preventable and lives can be saved if both the international and U.S. focus their attention on the issue.

“One person can change the world. ASIRT demonstrates that this is true,” added Van Hollen, co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Global Road Safety. “It’s a tribute to ASIRT that we are making progress on this issue, and that we are beginning to see the results.”

Jack Hanley accepted ASIRT’s Global Leadership Award on behalf of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), which is an employer-led partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees by preventing traffic crashes on and off the job.

“NETS is absolutely honored to stand side by side with ASIRT,” said Hanley, executive director of NETS.

Douglas Greenhaus, chief regulatory counsel of environment, health and safety for the National Automobile Dealers Association, received ASIRT’s Industry Leadership Award.

“In a world of limited resources, the focus must be on strategies designed to reduce road deaths and injuries in the most cost effective manner possible,” Greenhaus said. “This is exactly what ASIRT is doing.”

David and Shadia Blanchard received the Aron Sobel Guardian Award for their work to improve pedestrian safety in Egypt. They founded the Egyptian Society for Road Safety, which built a pedestrian safety bridge in the country after their daughter was killed at a crossing.

“The three E’s – engineering, education and enforcement,” are key components to improve the safety of pedestrians on roadways across the globe, Mr. Blanchard said. Inspired by the work of ASIRT, Mrs. Blanchard spoke about her daughter for the first time since her death nine years ago.

Contact: Julie F. Rosenbaum Skolnick

Director, Development and Marketing

240-249-0100;  jskolnick@asirt.org

ASIRT-Association for Safe International Road Travel

12320 Parklawn Dr.

Rockville, MD  20852-1726

www.asirt.org

asirt@asirt.org

Shell International Petroleum Company Joins The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety Board of Directors

Vienna, Va. – The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is pleased to announce Shell International Petroleum Company has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

Shell’s global road safety programme focuses on improving the safety of drivers – staff and contractors – and contributing to road safety in the communities where it operates. Shell’s company and contract drivers drove over 1.1 billion kilometers in over 70 countries in 2012. In addition to joining NETS’ Board of Directors, Shell is a proud sponsor of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, and a member of the Global Road Safety Partnership, an organization that provides road safety programs in high road risk countries.

At Shell, the number of motor vehicle incidents has declined by 55% since 2008. This is due to its comprehensive road safety management programme. Key components include: leadership commitment; simple and clear requirements for drivers and vehicles; journey management planning; driver training; the use of in-vehicle monitoring systems; and a total ban on the use of mobile phones when driving.

“Safety is always the top priority at Shell and safe road transport is integral to Shell’s business – whether it is transporting fuel to one of our customers, delivering equipment to construction projects or simply travelling to meetings,” said Mike Watson, Shell Global Road Safety Manager. “In addition to a strict road safety regime for our people and contractors, we’re committed to improving road safety in the communities where we work through partnerships and community programmes. We’re pleased to join NETS’ Board of Directors. This will enhance our ability to exchange best practices with leading companies and provides Shell with another platform for advocating road safety worldwide.”

“Shell is highly respected for its leadership and commitment to global road safety and we appreciate their willingness to share their best practices,” said Sandra Lee, NETS Board Chair and Director, Worldwide Road Safety, Johnson & Johnson. “We look forward to Shell playing a significant role in helping to advance NETS’ road safety goals.”

NETS’ Board of Directors members are public and private sector leaders with a commitment to road safety. They are senior level executives who promote NETS’ mission and represent businesses and organizations that have created a solid safety culture by promoting traffic safety policies and awareness activities in their workplaces. Directors guide NETS’ strategy and policies. As a benefit of membership, NETS provides a forum for traffic safety professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate on emerging issues.

Established in 1989, NETS board of director companies are recognized in the U.S. and around the world for advancing road safety. Shell joins current board members Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, The Coca-Cola Company, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS. Representatives from NIOSH and NHTSA are board member liaisons to the federal government.

NETS is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on and off-the-job. For more information on NETS, visit the organization’s website at www.trafficsafety.org
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Contact:
Jack Hanley
Executive Director, NETS
314-680-3293
jhanley@trafficsafety.org

The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety Supports Pedestrian Safety Week Set for May 6-12, 2013

VIENNA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Traffic-related fatalities each year exceed 1.2 million worldwide and vulnerable road users—pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists—account for 50% of the total. Traffic-related injuries and fatalities represent the ninth leading cause of death or injury worldwide. Left unchecked, the expected doubling of vehicles globally will make traffic-related deaths and injuries the fifth leading cause by 2030. Significant, intentional and effective intervention by the public, private and civil society sectors is needed to slow the pace of pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

In response to the risks to pedestrians worldwide, the World Health Organization has designated May 6-12 as Global Road Safety Week, focused on pedestrian safety. NETS supports this campaign and encourages all employers to participate in promoting pedestrian safety to employees, employees’ families and within the communities where the employees live and work.

“We are all pedestrians. When you think about it, every trip begins and ends on foot whether we drive, cycle or walk to our destinations,” said Sandra Lee, Director, Worldwide Fleet Safety, for Johnson & Johnson and NETS Chairperson. “There is no single measure to adequately address the range of risks to pedestrians across various settings. However, we can all play a role day to day. For example, Driving at safe speeds when we’re the driver or staying focused on our environment and increasing our visibility to others when we’re on foot are concrete actions that we can take to promote pedestrian safety. It’s my hope that all employers recognize the importance of pedestrian safety and participate in Global Road Safety Week.”

Visit the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration’s website for more information from the World Health Organization on Global Road Safety Week and for a tool kit for engaging employees, employees’ families and the communities where the employees live and work.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector. The Board of Directors members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum Company and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or contact jhanley@trafficsafety.org.

Contacts

NETS
Jack Hanley
jhanley@trafficsafety.org

NETS Shares 2012 NAFA Safety Leadership Award

Secretary LaHood Heads List of Inaugural NAFA Safety Leadership Award Winners

PRINCETON, N.J., March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — In the business world, safe driving can mean fewer accidents, lower insurance premiums, and the use of less fuel, but it also means the protection of a company’s greatest assets – its employees. NAFA Fleet Management Association has long understood that road safety extends far beyond a company’s bottom line. In 2011, the Association made a commitment to safer fleets by creating NAFA’s Safety Advisory Council. That commitment continues with the Association’s inaugural Safety Leadership Awards, which will be presented at NAFA’s 2012 Institute & Expo in St. Louis on April 22.

NAFA’s Safety Leadership Awards were created to recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate positive influence and impact on vehicular and passenger safety. Three leading safety advocates were chosen as the inaugural recipients of the award.

  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
    “During Secretary LaHood’s term, Ray has greatly increased public awareness on the dangers of distracted driving, pushed to improve auto safety, developed and enforced valuable safety regulations, and served as a tireless advocate against drunk driving,” said NAFA’s Executive Director Phillip E. Russo , CAE. “His work is a testament to the importance of safe driving.”
  • Jack Hanley , Executive Director, Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS)
    ” Jack Hanley and NETS lead the way in road safety efforts,” Russo explained. “Through their annual safety benchmark surveys, monthly newsletters, and Drive Safely Work Week campaigns each year, NETS exemplifies everything for which the NAFA Safety Leadership Awards stand.”
  • Janet Froetscher , President & CEO, National Safety Council
    “The National Safety Council saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work,” stated Russo. “In fact, the Council helped save more than 1,500 lives and prevent more than 236,000 injuries in last year alone – truly a remarkable job by Janet Froetscher and the National Safety Council.”

All three recipients will be honored in a special awards ceremony during the I&E. The conference is attended by fleet professionals from throughout the United States and Canada who are in the unique position to implement immediate changes within their organizations to bring about real results in such areas as traffic and road safety, sustainability, and distracted driving – areas of great concern to all three award recipients.

About NAFA’s Institute & Expo

The 2012 I&E takes place April 21-24 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, MO. The event program, created by fleet managers for fleet managers, features over 60 hours of fleet training, education, and workshops. In addition to an Expo Floor consisting of more than 200 companies showcasing their products and services, the I&E brings back fan favorites such as the Public Safety Roadeo and the Green Zone. Keynote presentations will be made by Canadian automotive journalist Jim Kenzie and Dr. Peter Bishop , PhD. Official media sponsors for NAFA’s 2012 I&E include Automotive Digest, CAMAUTO, Canadian Automotive Fleet, CAR – Canadian Automotive Review, FleetDigest, FleetFocus, Fleet Maintenance, Fleet Management, Fleet Management Weekly, Fleet Owner, Fleet Perspectives, FLEETSolutions, International Fleet World, Light & Medium Truck, Naylor, NGT News, PoliceOne.com, and Utility Fleet Professional. For more information, visit http://www.nafainstitute.org.

Contact:

Gary Wien
NAFA Fleet Management Association
609-986-1053
gwien@nafa.org

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NETS 2012 Fleet Safety Benchmark Survey: Top Performing Fleets Review Cell Phone Records of Drivers Following all Collisions

521,000 vehicles, 9.8 billion miles of travel yield road safety best practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) 2012 road safety benchmark study revealed that the safest fleets have written policies restricting the use of mobile devices and check mobile phone records after all collisions, regardless of severity. Traffic crashes remain the number one cause of workplace death and injury, costing employers in excess of $60 billion annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2012 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS®™ road safety benchmarking study is the largest examination of fleet vehicle safety ever conducted by the organization. The latest study involved a collective fleet of 521,000 vehicles and 9.8 billion miles traveled. Nearly 50 percent of participating companies were in the Fortune 500.

Other road safety practices found by the study to be common among the companies with the lowest fleet crash-rates include:

  • Tracking  completions of on-going driver training on a road safety scorecard
  • Conducting commentary drives (ride-alongs) with new-hires and high-risk drivers
  • Communicating road safety messages via senior-management presentations at meetings.

All survey responses were reported anonymously, with a number assigned to each company to rank its fleet against other study participants.

NETS’ annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® road safety benchmark study includes the collection of miles driven and collisions by type of vehicle and by country. Injury data are collected for the USA and the UK. Respondents also are surveyed on more than twenty-five road safety program elements. Examples include: cell phone policies, training and post-crash review processes and the use of in-vehicle monitoring technology. NETS members, representing the pharmaceutical, electric utilities, oil and gas, insurance, food and beverage and other industries, meet annually to discuss the benchmark results and other key road safety topics.

“Through this benchmarking process, we’re able to learn about  common elements among the leading companies and also have the opportunity to network and discuss specific challenges and share successes with other road safety professionals,” said Sandra Lee, Director of Worldwide Road Safety for Johnson & Johnson, and Chair of the NETS Board of Directors. “This is what makes the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® benchmarking study such an invaluable process.”

About STRENGTH IN NUMBERS®

The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® road safety benchmarking study brings together socially responsible companies in a collaborative spirit prepared to compare findings and share what they’ve learned. The program is for all types of companies and organizations— large or small, U.S. or global, public or private. Participants collect standardized data over a 12-month period. Once analyzed, the resulting benchmark report shows how a company compares in terms of crash frequencies taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs, crash review practices and more. Members use the annual benchmark report’s results to improve their road safety performance. For more information on the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® fleet benchmark program or to become a participant, visit the NETS website at www.trafficsafety.org

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector. The Board of Directors members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, Shell International Petroleum Company, B.V. and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or contact jhanley@trafficsafety.org.

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NETS Kicks Off Drive Safely Work Week™, Promoting ‘BACK TO BASICS’ Approach to Safe Driving

Vienna, Va. — The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) launched today its national Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) campaign. The campaign is officially recognized this year from October 1- 5 and promotes safe-driving education and awareness materials for all employees and their families.

According to a 2010 CDC report, the annual cost of medical care and productivity losses associated with injuries from motor vehicle crashes exceeds $99 billion, much of which falls on employers.

This year’s DSWW theme, Back to Basics – Your Keys to Safe Driving, provides information and activities to address some of the most common types of traffic crashes across the general population, fleet drivers and teen drivers.

NETS provides a free comprehensive toolkit for employers to help plan their campaign activities. The materials encourage employees to refresh their own safe-driving skills, as well as to share the tools and resources provided with family members, particularly new or up-and-coming drivers in the household. The campaign also encourages employers to redistribute existing safe-driving policies or use the week as an opportunity to prepare employees for new policies that may be forth-coming.

“Having safe-driving policies in place is a crucial component of an organization’s safety culture,” said Sandra Lee, NETS Chair and Director of Worldwide Road Safety for Johnson & Johnson. “Drive Safely Work Week is an ideal time for employers to take a look at their policies–particularly those covering issues such as mobile device and safety belt usage—update them if necessary, and redistribute them to employees to renew attention and focus on safe-driving behaviors.”

The DSWW campaign focuses on the following issues:

  • Buckling up all the time and encouraging others to do the same;
  • Recognizing and preventing fatigue-impaired driving;
  • Driving distraction-free;
  • Safe parking and backing; and
  • Fine-tuning the fundamentals to avoid some of the most common types of crashes.

“Much is being said these days about the dangers of distracted driving, yet responsible driving is more than driving distraction-free. This year’s Drive Safely Work Week campaign reinforces the wide range of skills needed to be a safe, responsible driver,” said Lee.

About Drive Safely Work Week

Drive Safely Work Week has been sponsored by NETS since 1996. The campaign is held nationally each year during the first full week of October; however, the materials are not dated and may be used anytime throughout the year.  In 2010 and 2011 combined, Drive Safely Work Week was downloaded by over 7000 employers, representing an estimated 25 million employees.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c) 3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector.  The Board of Directors members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS, as well as federal liaisons from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or contact jhanley@trafficsafety.org.

NETS Board Member Named Fleet Executive of the Year

Vienna, Va.— Maggie Cole, Director of Environmental, Safety & Health (ESH) for Monsanto and Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) board of directors’ member, was named Fleet Financials magazine’s 2012 Fleet Executive of the Year. Cole is responsible for Monsanto’s Global Vehicle Safety and Global Off-The-Job Safety programs, as well as U.S. Commercial ESH.

“A great fleet executive creates a vision, articulates the vision, and empowers their team members to implement the strategies to achieve the vision,” said Mike Antich, editor of Fleet Financials Magazine. “These qualities are demonstrated in Maggie’s leadership at Monsanto, making her an outstanding choice for this year’s award.”

“I am honored to accept the award on behalf of Monsanto.  I am very proud of the passion and focus Monsanto continues to place on improving road and occupant safety for our employees, as well as our families, the communities where we live and operate, and our customers,” Cole said.

According to Cole, safety is, and always has been, a central value within Monsanto.   In fact, the organization emphasizes the importance of extending its safety culture and road safety training beyond its company drivers with its Global Off-the-Job safety program.

“Safety is a core Monsanto value and we see it as a corporate responsibility to share that value beyond the workplace,” said Cole. “Monsanto’s Global Off-the-Job Safety program is the formal networking and sharing of its principal safety culture worldwide.  A majority of the outreach efforts are focused on road safety, such as driving skills, driver behavior, teen driving and sharing the road.”

Cole has a total of eight employees on her team who she credits with helping make Monsanto’s road safety program so strong, including Vehicle Safety Project Manager Brenda Cockrell, Global Vehicle Safety Lead Jeff Castillo, Global Off-The-Job Safety Lead Mark Schuerman, and U.S. Commercial ESH Lead Ken Mathias.

Sponsored by CEI and Fleet Financials Magazine since 2001, the Fleet Executive of the Year Award was presented to Cole at the recent NAFA Fleet Management Association conference. Cole will be the keynote speaker at the Road Safety Conference sponsored by Automotive Fleet in Schaumberg, Ill. May 22-23 and will also be featured on the cover of the July/August issue of Fleet Financials Magazine with an in-depth article discussing her achievements at Monsanto.

Monsanto has been a board member of NETS since 2004 and has participated in the NETS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS road safety benchmark program since 2007.  Established in 1989, NETS and its board of director companies are recognized in the U.S. and around the world for their dedication and leadership in advancing employer-led road safety.  Monsanto is joined on the NETS board by Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS.  Representatives from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are board member liaisons to the federal government.  NETS is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job.  For more information on NETS, visit the organization’s website at www.trafficsafety.org.

Johnson & Johnson Director of Worldwide Fleet Safety Named Chairperson of NETS Board of Directors

Sandra Lee to lead employer-led road safety organization

Vienna, Va. – The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is pleased to announce the election of Sandra Lee, Director, Worldwide Road Safety for Johnson & Johnson, as NETS Board Chairperson for 2012 and 2013. Lee replaces Bill Windsor, Associate Vice President for Nationwide Insurance, following a successful two-year term. Lee has global responsibility for Johnson & Johnson’s SAFE Fleet, providing road safety leadership to over 33,000 drivers worldwide and has been a member of the NETS Board of Directors since 2009.

During her previous service to the Board, Lee has contributed to NETS’ role as a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, the principal steering committee for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Lee also has helped to shape NETS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Road Safety Benchmark program and has consistently been a member of the steering committee for its annual Drive Safely Work Week campaign.

“NETS mission is very much in line with Johnson & Johnson’s commitment to global road safety,” said Lee. “I look forward to building upon NETS’ successes as we continue to collaborate with our corporate members and public sector partners to boost the contributions employers can make to driver safety worldwide.”

“NETS is privileged to have a Board comprised of the best executive leadership, committed to advancing not only road safety but the driving safety of all employees, their family members and the communities served by employers,” said Jack Hanley, NETS Executive Director. “Sandra understands the complexity of road safety challenges around the world and brings to the Chairmanship a passion for reducing the toll of traffic crashes both in the U.S. and worldwide.”

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector. Board members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS. Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job.

For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org.

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New Guide From NETS Helps Parents Coach Teen Drivers

Vienna, Va. — The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) says that frequent “ride-alongs” with employee drivers to observe and discuss driving habits is a best practice of leading road safety programs.  That same concept can be applied to parents of teen drivers.

To help parents guide teens in developing the skills to be safe, focused drivers, NETS has announced the release of the new Novice Driver’s Road Map: An 8-Step Guide for Parents.  NETS unveiled the new edition of The Novice Driver’s Road Map in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 16-22.

A study released last week by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that parents don’t spend enough time supervising teens’ practice time behind the wheel.  “Spending time with teens behind the wheel can be a stressful, intimidating experience for parents,” said Bill Windsor, NETS Chair and Associate Vice President of Nationwide Insurance. “Using the collective experience of company fleet managers, The Novice Driver’s Road Map provides parents with a structured approach to coaching their teens in a variety of driving environments.”

The Novice Driver’s Road Map (NDRM) provides an easy-to-follow curriculum for parents to guide their teens in the practice that is not only needed to be a safe, focused driver, but in most states, is also required to be licensed.  The guide is built around a series of eight coached drives that increase in complexity and include a checklist of practice skills for each drive along with a set of guided instructions.  The practice sessions progress from driving in a parking lot to driving at night and in inclement weather.

The NDRM is an ideal way for employers to become engaged in teen driving outreach. Companies interested in pursuing this can contact NETS to learn about NDRM sponsorship opportunities. Beyond offering sponsorships to employers, NETS will offer the NDRM to high schools at a special rate to enable student groups to use it as a fundraiser for safe-driving outreach programs.  Driver trainers, licensing agencies, highway safety organizations and individual parents can also benefit from the NDRM’s parent-teen driving practice plan.

About the NDRM

Developed and reviewed by a team of experts and tested by teens and parents, The Novice Driver’s Road Map has been updated and revised to address the findings of recent research on teen driving crashes and to provide guidance on the challenges of today’s driving environment.  A Coach’s Game Book is included that provides tips on how to be a good role model, establishing rules and other vital information on the learning-to-drive process.  The guide is presented in a well-organized packet—including a practice log and place for notes—that fits neatly in the glove compartment. For more information on ordering the packet, including volume discounts, contact NETS at NETS@trafficsafety.org.

About NETS

NETS is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector.  Board of Directors members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Insurance, and UPS.  In addition, NETS’ Board of Directors includes federal liaisons from the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job.

NETS kicks off Drive Safely Work Week™, promoting a full-circle approach to combating distracted driving

Vienna, Va. –The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) today kicked-off Drive Safely Work Week, Focus 360°- Getting there safely is everyone’s business. The campaign focuses on distracted driving and includes the roles and responsibilities of passengers, pedestrians and cyclists in preventing distracted driving-related incidents.

The 2011 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) employer tool kit was developed by NETS in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Distracted driving is a complex issue that involves more than just drivers,” said Bill Windsor, NETS Chairman and Associate Vice President of Nationwide Insurance. “Whether we’re the driver, a passenger, a pedestrian, or cyclist, there are things we can do to help prevent distracted driving-related incidents.”

NETS provides a free comprehensive tool kit that employers can download to help plan their campaign activities. The DSWW materials, also available in Spanish for the first time, are designed to support employer efforts to initiate or sustain a corporate mobile device policy and to increase awareness on behaviors that contribute to distracted driving-related incidents.

“Drive Safely Work Week is an opportunity to address the safety of all employees, not just those who drive as a part of their job,” Windsor said. “Employers have the potential to reach one-half of the nation’s population, making them a key component in the fight against distracted driving.”

Eighty-eight percent of the nearly 5000 organizations that participated in the 2010 campaign reported they already had or would have a mobile device policy in place this year. Furthermore, more than half of the organizations that responded to last year’s follow-up survey indicated they shared or in the future would consider sharing the campaign materials outside of the workplace to reach employee family members and members of the community in which the organizations operate.

About Drive Safely Work Week

Drive Safely Work Week has been sponsored by NETS since 1996. The campaign is observed nationally each year during the first full week of October; however, the materials are not dated and may be used anytime throughout the year. In 2010, Drive Safely Work Week reached an estimated 20 million employees.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c) 3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector. Board of Directors members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS. In addition, NETS’ Board of Directors includes federal liaisons from the National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job.

The Coca-Cola Company joins NETS Board of Directors

Vienna, Va. – The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is pleased to announce Coca-Cola has joined the organization’s Board of Directors.

Coca-Cola is committed to promoting road safety not only with its own drivers but within the communities in which it operates. With its large worldwide fleet in over 200 countries, Coca-Cola will enhance the global perspective of the NETS Board of Directors.

“At Coca-Cola, we believe our first responsibility is to promote the safety of our employees and of the people in the communities we serve,” said Chris Reh, Director Occupational Safety and Health at The Coca-Cola Company. “By joining THE NETS Board of Directors, we will further our road safety efforts throughout the Coca-Cola system as we work with other leading organizations in the exchange of best practices and ideas to advance road safety worldwide.”

“Coca-Cola will bring a tremendous track record of corporate responsibility and road safety to the NETS Board,” said Bill Windsor, NETS Board Chairman. “Coca-Cola will complement the other NETS Board members in supporting the organization’s goal of enhancing road safety.”

NETS’ Board of Directors members are public and private sector leaders with a strong commitment to road safety. They are senior level executives who promote NETS’ mission and represent businesses and organizations that have created a solid safety culture by promoting traffic safety policies and awareness activities in their workplaces. Directors guide NETS’ strategy and policies.  As a benefit of membership, NETS provides a forum for experienced traffic safety professionals to exchange ideas and collaborate on emerging issues.

Established in 1989, NETS board of director companies are recognized in the U.S. and around the world for their dedication and leadership in advancing road safety.  Coca-Cola joins current board members Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS.  Representatives from NIOSH and NHTSA are board member liaisons to the federal government.

NETS is a 501(c)3 public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job.  For more information on NETS, visit the organization’s website at www.trafficsafety.org.

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NETS Supports the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020

Vienna, Va. – The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is one of 50 core members of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, representing a wide range of governments, non-profit organizations and private sector companies. They have come together to plan and support the Decade of Action, 2011-2020, an initiative dedicated to global road safety. The Decade of Action will launch on May 11, with ceremonies held throughout the world, including New York City and Washington, D.C.

Every year, almost 1.3 million people are killed worldwide due to traffic crashes. That number is projected to increase to 1.9 million by the year 2020. The Decade of Action for Road Safety has a goal of stabilizing and then reducing the level of worldwide road fatalities by bringing more attention to safety at regional, national, and global levels.

“Almost all of NETS members have significant operations beyond U.S. borders. In fact, many are headquartered outside the U.S. NETS encourages the private sector to engage not only their company drivers and employees with driver training and education initiatives, but also to extend the reach of these programs to employee family members and to the communities where the company operates—no matter where that may be in the world”, said Jack Hanley, NETS Executive Director.

The Decade of Action plan outlines steps toward improving the safety of roads and vehicles, enhancing emergency medical services and improving road safety management. It also calls for increased legislation and enforcement on using helmets, seat-belts and child restraints and avoiding drinking and driving and speeding. Currently, only 15 percent of countries have an infrastructure that addresses all of these factors. NETS is committed to working with organizations around the world to reduce the gaps in these areas. To support the Road Safety Decade of Action, organizations can plan their own events or join national or local events. See the official website for the Decade of Action, hosted by the World Health Organization, for more information.

NETS is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job. NETS board member companies are recognized in the U.S. and around the world for their dedication and leadership in advancing road safety. For example, earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson, a NETS board member since 2008, was the recipient of the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award, presented for the company’s long-standing commitment to advancing road safety.

In addition to Johnson & Johnson, Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS comprise the NETS board. Representatives from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are federal government liaisons to NETS’ board. For more information on NETS, visit the organization’s website at www.trafficsafety.org.

Johnson & Johnson Receives Prestigious Honor, The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award

Company’s Outstanding Achievement and Innovation in Road Safety Earns Recognition

High Wycombe, United Kingdom (April 7, 2011) – Today HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO awarded Johnson & Johnson the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for the company’s long-standing commitment to road safety. Each year, nearly 1.3 million people are killed on roads worldwide, and up to 50 million more are injured, according to the World Health Organization. While road traffic injuries are preventable, they remain the number one cause of death among young people worldwide.

The Johnson & Johnson global SAFE Fleet program, which educates and trains employees about safe driving techniques and injury prevention strategies, has led to significant reductions in fleet crashes and injury rates. Since SAFE Fleet was first introduced in 1994, the company’s crashes per million miles driven (CPMM) rate has decreased by 37% globally.

“The goal of SAFE Fleet is to ensure that our drivers around the world return home safely at the end of each day – to their benefit and the benefit of their families and communities,” said Alex Gorsky, Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson, and executive sponsor of SAFE Fleet.  “We’re honored to receive this award and grateful for the attention such an award brings to this critical issue.”

Each year the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award publicly recognizes the most outstanding achievements and innovations designed to improve road safety.  The award was presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO during a special ceremony at the Johnson & Johnson High Wycombe facility.

“I am delighted to recognise Johnson & Johnson for its outstanding achievements in road safety worldwide,” says Prince Michael.  “The need for enhanced road safety is one of the most intractable of world problems and I applaud the company as a fine example to the private sector of what can be done to address this global endemic.  Urgent action is needed today and during the forthcoming decade of action to help reduce these tragic, yet preventable deaths and injuries.”

Thousands of people are killed or injured in road crashes each day, and it is projected that annual road traffic deaths will increase to 1.9 million people by 2020.  To help bring needed attention to this dire issue, the United National General Assembly has announced the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020.  The United Nation’s campaign goals will be focused on stabilizing and ultimately reducing the projected forecast of road traffic deaths worldwide by 2020.

Johnson & Johnson has an enduring commitment to improving people’s health, and places a strong emphasis on continually improving the health and safety of its employees.  This year, Johnson & Johnson celebrates its 125th anniversary, reflecting on how its products, services and innovations have been powered by generations of employees inspired to make a difference in the lives of others. SAFE Fleet is just one of many programs designed to protect employees, families, customers and communities. Johnson & Johnson has set new internal performance targets for SAFE Fleet as part of its five-year sustainability goals, which will be announced later this year.

ABOUT JOHNSON & JOHNSON

Caring for the world, one person at a time…inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson.  We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people.  Our 114,000 employees at more than 250 Johnson & Johnson companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

For more information, visit www.jnj.com.

ABOUT PRINCE MICHAEL INTERNATIONAL ROAD SAFETY AWARDS

Since 1987, the Awards have given public recognition to those who have improved road safety throughout Britain.  Now the Prince Michael International Road Safety Awards recognise outstanding achievement and innovation worldwide.The awards are organised and managed by RoadSafe. http://www.roadsafe.com/

 

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Strict Enforcement of Cell Phone Bans Boosts Fleet Safety Performance, According to NETS Study

Study covers 45 leading companies, 400,000 vehicles and 8 billion miles traveled

VIENNA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A new study of company vehicle fleet crash rates reveals the top safety performers are companies with policies enacting a total ban on cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) and that establish strong consequences—including termination—for employees who violate such policies.

“The benchmark study shows the potential for well-written state laws combined with strong enforcement to eventually reduce crash rates in the general population.”

The latest STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Fleet Benchmarking Study, sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), found the significant commonalities among the leading performers were not only that they were more likely to have a total ban on mobile phone use, but 6 of the 8 leading companies were also more likely to terminate a driver for violating the company’s mobile device policy. By comparison, all thirteen companies that fell in the bottom of the rankings had some degree of a mobile device policy, but none had the option to terminate a driver for violating the policy.

The year-long benchmarking study examined fleets from 45 leading companies in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, food and beverage, telecommunications, transportation, package delivery and insurance industries. The companies, including 27 in the Fortune 500, operate a combined fleet of just over 400,000 vehicles that logged more than 8 billion miles in 2009. The study participants’ crash rate per million miles (CPMM) ranged from less than one to nearly 12.

“Last year, distracted driving killed nearly 6,000 people and injured half a million more,” said U.S. Transportation Department Secretary, Ray LaHood. “I want to thank the companies who have stepped up to help fight talking and texting behind the wheel by establishing employee policies with tough penalties for distracted driving. Through these kinds of efforts, we can put a stop to the needless and tragic deaths and injuries caused by this dangerous epidemic.”

“This is the first evidence we’ve seen that shows the combination of a strong mobile device policy and strict consequences can result in lower crash rates,” said Bill Windsor, NETS Board Chairman. “The benchmark study shows the potential for well-written state laws combined with strong enforcement to eventually reduce crash rates in the general population.”

The NETS study also revealed that eight out of nine of the top-ranking fleets regularly review drivers’ mobile phone records after a crash to determine if the driver was using a phone at the time of the incident. Other best practices include: conducting a commentary drive (ride-along with a co-worker or manager) after a collision; tracking CPMM on a monthly basis; and publishing road safety performance via monthly scorecards.

The NETS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS members offer tips when constructing a corporate mobile device policy:

  • Make sure you have a policy, not a guideline. Guidelines are typically interpreted as suggestions and are more difficult to enforce.
  • Policy language must be clear. One member’s policy prohibits employees from using “any electronic device in any gear other than park.” Another company’s policy language clearly prohibits “all electronic devices” so there is no confusion over which devices are allowed—they ban them all.
  • Contractors should abide by the same rules as employees. Make sure the policy also covers any contractors working on behalf of the organization and that they are aware of and have signed off on the policy.
  • Enforcement is key. One NETS member emphasized they make sure their employees and contractors understand “if you break the rules, you don’t work for us.”

About STRENGTH IN NUMBERS:

The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmarking study brings together socially responsible companies willing to look at their own crash metrics, compare findings and share what they’ve learned. The program is for all types of companies and organizations— large or small, local or global, public or private. Participants collect standardized data over a 12-month period. Once compiled, the resulting benchmarking data show how a company compares in terms of crash frequencies taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs, crash review practices and more. Members identify best practices to put in place a cost effective, integrated, and comprehensive plan to improve fleet-safety performance.

The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmark program also includes access to road safety experts and an invitation to attend and participate in NETS’ annual Benchmark Best Practices Conference. For more information on the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS program or to become a participant, visit the NETS website at www.trafficsafety.org or send an e-mail tojhanley@trafficsafety.org.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. federal government and leading companies including Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Monsanto Company and UPS. Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org.

Employer Focus on Distracted Driving Building Momentum as 2nd DOT Summit Convenes

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Momentum is building on an important front in the battle against distracted driving – the workplace—according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).

NETS, a public-private partnership comprised of leading companies and the federal government, is actively encouraging employers to enact workplace mobile device policies– the primary focus of this year’s Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) campaign, sponsored annually by the organization.

NETS is seeing the highest level of interest in the 14-year history of the campaign, recognized nationally this year Oct. 4-8. The organization attributes the increase to its partnership with the U.S. DOT and the campaign’s focus on launching a sustainable mobile device policy. NETS was recognized for its efforts at today’s 2nd National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington DC, convened by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

“NETS has been a terrific partner in helping us encourage the business community to adopt distracted driving policies,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By putting these policies in place, businesses across the country are helping us protect tens of millions of more drivers and reduce preventable deaths and injuries.”

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace and according to results of a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month, cost Americans more than $99 billion in lost productivity and medical costs each year.

“The most effective way to modify driving behavior is by combining policy, education and enforcement,” said Bill Windsor, NETS Chairman. “Employers are in a unique position to apply all three of these key elements to influence behavior and reduce the occurrence of distracted driving in the workplace.”

In addition to the Drive Safely Work Week campaign, NETS conducts the annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Road Safety Benchmark Study. The 2009 study, based on a combined U.S. fleet of 191,669 passenger vehicles, found that a total ban on mobile phone use while driving was a common attribute of the companies with the best road safety performance.

About DSWW

Drive Safely Work Week is observed nationally each year during the first full week of October; however, the materials are not dated and may be used anytime throughout the year. The DSWW tool kit provides easy-to-use Web-based resources to support targeted activities for each day of the campaign week. These include electronic tools, downloadable graphics and daily communications messages. At press time, nearly 4000 employers of all sizes had downloaded the campaign materials, available at no charge through the NETS Website at www.trafficsafety.org.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and leading companies including Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Monsanto Company and UPS. Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job. For more information about NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or contact Jack Hanley, NETS Executive Director, at jhanley@trafficsafety.org.

Network of Employers for Traffic Safety and U.S. Department of Transportation Team to Offer Free On-line Resource to Battle Distracted Driving and Improve Employee Safety

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 29, 2010

Contact:

Jack Hanley     (314) 680-3293

jhanley@trafficsafety.org

Vienna, Va. –The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety has partnered with the  U.S. Department of Transportation to offer a free comprehensive tool kit to help companies address distracted driving and improve the driving safety of employees — whether they drive on the job or just to and from work.

Employee traffic crashes, both on and off the job, cost employers an estimated $60 billion annually, according to the most recent government study.

The 2010 Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) tool kit was developed by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) with support from the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The theme of this year’s campaign is “Focus…Safe driving is serious business.” The DSWW materials are designed to support employer efforts to prepare employees for the launch of a corporate mobile device policy. The campaign’s activities, however, can also benefit organizations that are looking to educate employees on the dangers of distracted driving, particularly talking and texting while behind the wheel.

“Getting the business community involved in helping combat distracted driving is critical,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “When companies adopt policies against distracted driving, they are increasing the safety for everyone on our roads, and we are grateful to NETS for making this a priority.”

The tool kit provides easy-to-use Web-based resources to support targeted activities for each day of the campaign week.  These include interactive, electronic tools, downloadable graphics and daily communications messages.

“The campaign is a call to action for employers to do something to curb distracted driving,” said Bill Windsor, NETS chairman. “Whether it’s reinforcing or strengthening an existing cell phone policy, preparing employees for the launch of a new policy or simply raising awareness of the issue through education, the Drive Safely Work Week campaign provides meaningful tools and activities to help accomplish any of these objectives.”

About DSWW

Drive Safely Work Week is observed nationally each year during the first full week of October; however, the materials are not dated and may be used anytime throughout the year.  The DSWW 2010 tool kit can be downloaded at no cost now through Sept. 20, via the NETS Website at http://www.trafficsafety.org

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. Federal government and the private sector.  Board members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS.  Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur on and off the job.   NETS has sponsored DSWW annually since 1996. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or send an email to jhanley@trafficsafety.org.

NETS survey of leading employers’ mobile phone policies shows common trend

Vienna, VA— A survey by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) of 24 leading companies that operate fleets shows that 74 percent either have policies in place or are planning to implement policies that ban the use of all mobile devices while driving company vehicles. The rules apply to both hand-held and hands-free devices.

While all of the companies surveyed ban hand-held mobile devices, which would prohibit texting, most companies have specific language in their policies regarding text messaging.  In many cases, the policies apply whether the driver is operating a company-owned vehicle or is using a personal vehicle for company business.

Many of the companies surveyed have been pioneers in the effort to counter distracted driving, with policies banning all use of mobile phones implemented as early as 2004.

“Companies that operate in multiple state jurisdictions or where drivers are likely to cross state lines to conduct business cannot rely on state legislation alone to keep employees safe and protect their bottom line,” said Jack Hanley, Executive Director of NETS.  “Employers are implementing these policies to protect their employees and because it is the responsible thing to do.”

Research has shown that the best model to change behavior is education combined with legislation and enforcement. As a means of enforcement, some companies have a zero-tolerance policy resulting in termination for employees who use their mobile phones while driving company vehicles. Companies surveyed also reinforce the importance of attentive driving through workplace safety campaigns and continuous training.

This survey is a follow-up to an earlier NETS benchmarking study of leading companies with a combined 2008 US-based fleet of 185,000 passenger vehicles.  That study found that a total ban on mobile phone use was a common attribute of the companies with the best road safety performance.
Participants in the survey included global leaders in the pharmaceutical, packaging, food and beverage, oil and gas, manufacturing, and insurance industries.  A summary of the 24 policies submitted is available on the NETS Website.

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. federal government and leading companies including Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance,  Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Monsanto Company and UPS.  Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes both on- and off-the-job.  For more information about NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org.

NETS-sponsored benchmark of 350,000 passenger vehicles, 6.78 billion miles of travel yields best practices in fleet safety

Large road safety study shows there is STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Traffic crashes are the number one cause of workplace death and injury. Now, a study of 36 leading companies with a combined fleet of 350,000 passenger vehicles that logged nearly seven billion miles in 2008, has yielded best practices of effective road safety programs.

The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Fleet Benchmarking Study, sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), is the largest benchmarking of fleet passenger vehicle safety ever conducted by the organization. The study is based on standardized data collected by participating organizations over a 12-month period.

The study revealed a number of proactive best practices that are common among the companies with the lowest employee crash rates, including:

  • Crashes per million miles (CPMM) is tracked monthly.
  • Top performing companies publish a monthly road safety “Scorecard.”
  • Safety is part of the corporate credo of the lowest CPPM companies.
  • Leading companies are more likely to ban the use of mobile phones– hand-held and hands-free – while employees are driving on company business.
  • Lessons learned following a serious collision are shared with the entire organization.

The study group revealed a crash rate per million miles that ranged from less than one to more than 16. All survey responses were reported anonymously with numbers assigned to participants so they could see where they ranked against the others. No company names were revealed.

In its on-going mission to reduce workplace traffic fatalities and injuries, NETS brought together the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS road safety benchmark study participants at a conference in Charlottesville, Va. to review the latest findings. Among the participants were global leaders in the pharmaceutical, packaging, food and beverage, oil and gas, manufacturing, and insurance industries. Representatives attending the conference came from all over the U.S., the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

“By sharing safety data across industries, companies and organizations learn which common program elements are found in the best road safety programs,” said Maureen Mazurek, director of human rights for Monsanto Company and chairperson of NETS. “Combining that with the opportunity to discuss specific challenges and share successes with other road safety professionals makes participation in the (STRENGTH IN NUMBERS) benchmarking study invaluable.”

About the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Fleet Benchmarking Study

The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS road safety benchmarking study brings together companies willing to look at their own crash metrics, compare findings and share what they’ve learned. The program is for all types of companies and organizations— large or small, local or global, public or private. Once compiled, the resulting benchmarking data show how a company compares in terms of crash frequencies, taking into consideration road safety policies, driver training programs, crash review practices and more. Members identify best practices to put in place a cost effective, integrated, and comprehensive plan to improve their fleet-safety performance.

The STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmarking program also includes access to road safety experts and an invitation to attend and participate in NETS’ annual Benchmark Best Practices Conference. For more information on the STRENGTH IN NUMBERS fleet benchmark program or on becoming a participant, visit the NETS website at www.trafficsafety.org.

About NETS

NETS is a 501(c)3 organization, a partnership between the U.S. federal government and leading companies including Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Chubb Group of Insurance, General Motors Company, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Monsanto Company and UPS. Established in 1989, NETS is dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees, their families, and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on- and off-the-job. For more information on NETS, visit www.trafficsafety.org or send an email to jhanley@trafficsafety.org.