The importance of a strong safety policy
Safety policies (and their enforcement) provide context. A safety policy lets drivers know how important safety is to the organization, and what will (and will not) be tolerated. The policy and its enforcement also show drivers the consequences of their actions.
I know, I know – putting together a safety policy is hard work and frankly can be a little boring. But a safety policy is foundational to getting real results from a safety program.
So how do you get started? First, an effective driver safety policy needs to be:
- Written clearly and concisely
- Endorsed by senior leadership
- Disseminated to all drivers
- Enforced by management
- Updated regularly
As for what’s in the policy, that can vary by company, but consider including the following:
- New hire criteria
- MVR checks
- Vehicle maintenance and usage
- Drugs, alcohol
- Cell phone, other electronics use
- Driver safety training requirements
- Crash reporting and investigation process
- Responsibilities and consequences
- Violations that disqualify drivers
- Spouses/secondary drivers
As part of National Safety Month, I encourage you to review or update your safety policy. It is the foundation of any good safety program.