(Salem) - Oregon OSHA today announced a new multi-faceted campaign
aimed at reducing the number of Oregon workers killed or injured in motor
Motor vehicle-related incidents are the leading cause of work-related deaths
in the United States. One-third of Oregon workplace deaths in 2006 tracked
by the state workers' compensation system were due to motor vehicle incidents.
And the trend is not just in Oregon: Between 1992 and 2001, 13,337 people
died in work-related roadway crashes in the United States.
"Motor vehicles present the single largest hazard that all workers are
exposed to," said Michael Wood, administrator of Oregon OSHA, a division
of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. "There is no single
quick fix for the situation. Employers who take steps to address safe vehicle
operations, driver training, and keeping vehicles in good running order will
make a positive contribution to Oregon's health."
Oregon OSHA's motor vehicle safety campaign will begin Oct. 1 and is expected
to last several years. The goal of the campaign is to help Oregon employers
with identifying hazards related to motor vehicle use, safe vehicle operation,
driver training, and vehicle maintenance. Oregon OSHA is committing resources
from several program areas in the effort:
Prevention - Oregon OSHA safety and health consultants will encourage
businesses receiving a confidential safety and health consultation to adopt
policies and programs that address driver and vehicle safety into their business
plan. Consultants will provide information and resources to help employers
establish or improve vehicle safety programs.
Enforcement - During worksite inspections, Oregon OSHA safety and
health enforcement staff will determine if employers have motor vehicle safety
policies or procedures, policies addressing safe vehicle operations and driver
training, and a routine vehicle inspection program. Oregon OSHA does not currently
have rules requiring a motor vehicle safety program, however staff will offer
recommendations for improving safety.
Education - Oregon OSHA will present a new workshop, "Motor Vehicles:
Planning and Safe Practices," in several Oregon cities during 2007-2008
to inform employers and workers about designing an effective workplace vehicle
safety program. The workshop will offer examples of best practices in motor
vehicle safety and provide participants with the tools needed to develop effective
vehicle safety programs.
Research - Studying data and analyzing trends is an important part
of the multi-year effort. Enforcement and consultation staff will gather data
regarding employee use of vehicles for business, workplace vehicle safety
procedures, and recent workplace motor vehicle incidents. The data will be
used to identify key trends in motor vehicle safety for Oregon workplaces
and measure the program's effectiveness.
The enforcement and consultation staffs will evaluate employers' policies
and procedures related to motor vehicles designed for use on public roads;
the campaign does not apply to equipment exempt from licensing, off-road recreational
vehicles (including ATVs and snowmobiles), farm equipment, and road construction
"We're asking for the public's help to battle this problem," says
Wood. "First, everyone on the road can help by being a safe and responsible
driver. Second, employers have a responsibility for making sure they have
provided their employees a safe worksite, even if that worksite is in motion.
Third, we need employers and employees to work together to create solutions
that reduce injuries."
Additional information about the motor vehicle safety campaign is available
on the Oregon OSHA Web site, www.orosha.org.
Members of the public are encouraged to send their ideas and suggestions about
combating motor vehicle injuries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- tell us about programs that have worked, ideas to share with other employers,
or feedback about the motor vehicle safety campaign.
(Source information for data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, DCBS Information
Management Division, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer & Business Services,
enforces the states workplace safety and health rules and works to improve
workplace safety and health for all Oregon workers. For more information, go
The Department of Consumer and Business Services is Oregons largest business
regulatory and consumer protection agency. For more information, visit www.dcbs.oregon.gov.