ANSI Approves Revised Standard to Keep Drivers Safe
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved a revised comprehensive standard aimed at increasing commercial motor vehicle operator safety, developed by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).
The ANSI/ASSE Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations Z15.1-2012 standard, which comes into effect Aug. 20, 2012, calls for organizations to have a written motor vehicle safety program that defines organizational requirements, responsibilities and accountability for drivers and motor vehicle safety.
The standard also calls for organizations to have:
- A written safety policy that includes communicating management’s concern for the health and well-being of drivers throughout the organization,
- A system of responsibility and accountability to ensure effective implementation of a vehicle safety program,
driver recruitment, selection and assessment program,
- Orientation and training,
- A system in place to report major incidents, trends and safety performance to corporate executives,
- Internal and external communications programs, including contingency communications with the media,
- Inspections and maintenance,
- Regulatory compliance, and
Guidance is provided within the standard on occupant restraints, impaired driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, journey management and fatigue.