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More than half of employers don’t have policy on use of wireless devices while driving

By Workplace Staff
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The results of a recent survey by Aon Consulting show that 56 per centof employers do not have a policy regarding mobile device and drivingpolicies, while 38 per cent are considering creating or modifying apolicy.

During the course of the study, some participants seemed unaware the legislation had been enacted. This was likely due to the fact that the legislation was recent or not yet in place in their respective jurisdiction(s).

For organizations that already have or are developing a policy, the survey questioned how they plan to address mitigating risks associated with employees talking or texting while driving. More than 70 per cent say their policy would cover not only devices they provided, but also other devices, such as employees' personal mobile phones.

While some of the responses reflect a degree of due diligence with respect to legislated requirements, some noted certain policies extending beyond employer-provided devices to include restrictions on the use of personal devices, too. Most of the legislation currently in force in Canada allow individuals to use a wireless device provided it is with a hands-free device.

Aon Consulting asked if employees who were provided with a wireless device were also supplied with a hands-free device, and 55 per cent confirm this is indeed the case.

When asked if employers were instituting policies that were in line with their respective legislation, 62 per cent indicate they are simply complying with the applicable provincial legislation and regulation, while 27 per cent indicate they have completely banned the use of wireless devices while driving for business reasons.

Conducted immediately after the Ontario law was enacted October 26,2009, the survey received responses from a total of 387 organizationsacross Canada.

Aon Consulting is one of Canada's leading integrated human capital consulting and outsourcing firms. For more information, visit

www.aon.ca

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