Cell Phone Policies Increase Safety and Productivity
Distracted workers can create dangerous or even deadly consequences for themselves or their co-workers. That's why laying down rules about cell phone use is a necessity.
Whether it is a company-provided or personal phone, it should not be used for random personal calls, texting, chatting, gaming, or surfing the internet while at work. A cell phone policy will help keep these time-wasting and distracting activities in check.
Cell phone distractions are more than decreased productivity in and around the office. They become more of an issue on job sites, in factories or warehouses, and behind the wheel where dangerous implications are multiplied.
On the job site or in a factory, the danger can be twofold: the person operating machinery, and any people nearby. In industrial settings such as factories or warehouses, 26% of workers reported accidents had occurred because someone was distracted by their cell phone.
Distracted employees using cell phones while walking can lead to equally dangerous situations, for example:
Being hit by moving vehicles or equipment
Walking on uneven ground or into a hole
Tripping over tools, pipes, pallets
Walking into fixed objects or under raised loads
Lack of concentration in busy production facilities and warehouses can be deadly. OSHA's most recent estimates indicate that between 35,000 and 62,000 injuries, and 75 to 100 worker deaths, occur every year involving forklifts.
Though most states have laws regarding it, cell phone use while driving continues to be an ongoing problem. The danger is compounded when driving big rigs or towing trailered equipment.
Protecting Your Employees and Your Company
So, do some research and create a cell phone policy. It doesn’t need to be incredibly long and complex. There are a number of downloadable templates available online to use and customize. Here is a simple cell phone policy template you can try.
Once complete, email or print it out and be sure that everyone has a copy.
When enforced, a cell phone policy will increase productivity, and more importantly, provide a safer workplace to protect your employees and your company.