NETS 10 Steps for an Effective Workplace Driving Safety Program

On average 5% of injury claims reported to Chesapeake Employers are motor vehicle related. But these claims and injuries represent 10% of our total claims costs. We are passionate in helping employers promote driving safety in their workplaces.

NETS - The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety is an employer-led public/private partnership dedicated to improving the safety and health of employees and members of the communities in which they live and work by preventing traffic crashes that occur both on-and off-the-job.

The NETS 10-Step Program for Employers to Minimize Crash Risk – quick summary

Detailed 10-Steps PDF

Step 1: Senior management commitment and employee involvement

The safety of an organization's employees as they drive for work and to and from work is so important that it must start with the attention of top-level management.

Step 2: Written Policies and Procedures for Workplace Driving Safety

A written statement backed up with policies and procedures that emphasizes your employee's commitment to preventing traffic-related deaths and injuries is essential to a successful program.
(See PDF for a sample ban on alcohol and drug use in the workplace policy and a sample seat belt use policy.)

Step 3: Driver Agreements

Establish a contract with all employees who drive for work purposes, whether they drive assigned company vehicles or drive their personal vehicles.

Step 4: Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Checks

Regularly check the driving records of all employees who drive for work purposes. It's vitally important for you to be aware of fines and the driving history/records of your employees. The Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles offers MVR driving records and license monitor subscription service/information for a small fee. http://www.mva.maryland.gov/

Step 5: Crash Reporting and Investigation

Establish and enforce a crash reporting and investigation process. All crashes, regardless of severity, should be reported to the employee's supervisor as soon as feasible after the incident.

Step 6: Vehicle Selection, Maintenance and Inspection

Selecting, properly maintaining and routinely inspecting company vehicles is an important part of preventing crashes and related losses.

Step 7: Disciplinary Action System

The system should provide for progressive discipline if a driver begins to develop a pattern of repeated traffic violations and/or preventable crashes.

Step 8: Reward/Incentive Program

Develop and implement a driver reward/incentive program to make safe driving an integral part of your business culture. Safe driving behaviors contribute directly to the bottom line and should be recognized as such.

Step 9: Driver Training/Communication

Provide continuous driver safety training and communication. Even experience drivers benefit from periodic training and reminders of safe driving practices and skills.

Step 10: Regulatory Compliance

Ensure adherence to highway safety regulations. It is important to clearly establish which, if any, local, state, and/or federal regulations govern your vehicles and/or drivers. These regulations may involve, but may not necessarily be limited to the:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

  • U.S. Dept. of Transportation (USDOT)

  • National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • Employment Standards Administration (ESA)

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