Cell Phone Policy can protect Gases and Welding Distributors.July 2, 2012 -
In light of final rule from U.S. DOT prohibiting drivers of commercial motor vehicles from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles, gases and welding distributorships should review their cell phone use policies for all employees and vehicles. GAWDA's Government Affairs and Human Resources Legal Consultant Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq., breaks down latest ruling in "Review Your Cell Phone Policy," which appears in Welding and Gases Today.
Cell Phone Policy Can Protect Gases and Welding Distributors
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)
5794 Widewaters Pkwy.
Dewitt, NY, 13214
Press release date: June 30, 2012
GAWDA Consultant Richard P. Schweitzer breaks down DOT cell phone regulations.
Dewitt, NY - In light of a recent final rule from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) prohibiting drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) from using handheld cell phones while operating their vehicles, gases and welding distributorships should review their cell phone use policies for all employees and vehicles. GAWDA's Government Affairs & Human Resources Legal Consultant Richard P. Schweitzer, Esq., breaks down the latest ruling in "Review Your Cell Phone Policy." His article appears in Welding & Gases Today, the leading magazine for the gases and welding equipment industry.
The new final rule covers both drivers of commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce and intrastate drivers who operate CMVs transporting a quantity of hazardous materials requiring placarding under 49 CFR Part 172 or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR part 73. The rule prohibits those drivers from using a handheld mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck. The DOT rule requires employers to "ensure" compliance by commercial vehicle drivers, but does not require that employers have policies on distracted driving or cell phone use while driving.
The Gases and Welding Distributors Association's (GAWDA) Safety Committee has developed a sample company policy on distracted driving for association members. The sample policy prohibits the use of any communication device while driving a company vehicle. This includes talking or listening to a cellular phone, text messaging, reading or responding to email messages or accessing voice mail. Under the GAWDA policy, Bluetooth or other hands-free communication devices may be used only when a company vehicle is parked in a safe location.
To learn more about the cell phone ban and GAWDA's cell phone policy, read "Review Your Cell Phone Policy" (http://www.weldingandgasestoday.org/index.php/2012/03/review-your-cell-phone-policy/) at Welding & Gases Today Online. For more information, contact Carole Jesiolowski, senior editor at Welding & Gases Today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-445-2347.
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