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OSHA Trade Release
Sept. 14, 2004
Contact: Susan Fleming/Gina Harps
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Initiative Focused on Federal Employee Safety
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in partnership with the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), launched a campaign at the National Safety Congress in New Orleans today to encourage all federal employees to wear seat belts in all stations of moving motor vehicles.
"Every Belt - Every Ride" emphasizes the importance of wearing a seat belt no mater which seat you are in when traveling on public business in government vehicles, private automobiles, taxis or any other moving motor vehicle.
"Half the federal workers who died on the job from 1992 to 2001 lost their lives in transportation incidents," said OSHA Administrator John L. Henshaw. "We know that the single best proven way to bring traffic deaths and serious injuries down is to increase the use of seat belts in all stations of a vehicle, and "Every Belt - Every Ride" is our effort to promote their use among federal employees."
In highway traffic crashes, wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of death by 45 to 60 percent, according to NHTSA. "Every Belt - Every Ride" is designed to make federal employees aware of the life-saving value of seat belts and remind them that Executive Order 13043 requires them to wear seat belts in all seats-front and back-whenever they travel in motor vehicles.
As part of the launch, OSHA and NHTSA are sponsoring a Motor Vehicle Safety Symposium today for federal safety and health staff attending the National Safety Congress. The symposium features both government and private sector experts who will discuss the benefits and impact of motor vehicle safety programs as well as best practices in preventing and surviving highway crashes.
"Road traffic injury is one of our nation's largest and most pressing public health problems," said Dr. Jeffrey Runge, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He told federal employees: "Wearing safety belts while traveling on official business is not just a requirement, it's also common sense. Safety belts save lives, cutting the risk of death in half in a crash."
"Every Belt - Every Ride" promotional materials include decals to encourage federal employees to buckle up; small posters federal agencies can download, print and post on employee bulletin boards; expanded information on OSHA's Motor Vehicle Safety webpage; and follow-up messages for agency employee communications.
OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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