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Mobile Phone Impairment in the Work Place

Posted by Caroline Le Brun | December 16, 2011 12:30 PM

NTBS Proceeds Canada in Banning Nation-Wide Mobile Device Usage While Driving

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTBS) recently released a statement outlawing the use of mobile phones while driving and even the use of hand-free devices. Some are calling the ban unrealistic. The ban was a result of an investigation into an accident in where 2 people died and 38 were injured. 3000 deaths related to mobile phone distractions were recorded in 2010 in the US.

The Telecom Expense Management Industry Association (TEMIA) commented in a recent press release in reaction to the Nation-Wide ban and is urging employers to mandate mobile policies to limit corporate exposure.

Canada has been issuing fines related to handheld cell phone driving impairment since 2002, as Newfoundland was the first province to adopt the law. It was gradual but inevitable that all provinces and territories adopt the rule, the only exception being Nunavut. Fines can range from province to province and can be between $100 to a hypothetical maximum of $10,250, under a reckless driving charge.

TEMIA’s statement is a reminder that it is not only the responsibility of the individual but also employers.  Companies should always communicate a policy that recognizes the risks associated with employees using hand held devices on the road. Some of the potential risk factors Identified by TEMIA include:    

  • Employee safety

  • Corporate liability

  • Data theft

  • Excess costs

The best way to enforce these policies is to clearly communicate expectations of employees while on the road. In litigation, the employer can be legally responsible for liability if the employer requires its members of staff to remain in contact while driving. If this is a requirement of your company, you want to ensure that the proper mechanism is in place to provide hands-free devices to employees that need them. Unlike in the situation in the US, In Canada the laws permit use of headsets on the road.

Our IT and telecom expense management system can make it easier to manage all aspects of corporate policy.  An employee lifecycle management system allows you to know who has what so you can rest assured that employees are properly equipped. Contact us to learn more.

 

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Topics: Telecom Expense Management, Mobile Devices, Work Place, TEMIA

Written by Caroline Le Brun

As a 16-year marketing veteran, Caroline’s experience extends across multiple industries. Since she joined Cimpl, her successful marketing campaigns have increased the company’s online and community presence, in addition to Cimpl’s footprint and appearances in new or traditional media (such as the Globe and Mail). Caroline is a specialist in communication and social media. She works closely with analysts to keep track of and adapt to the trends and changes in the industry of IT: Technology Expense management, IT cost optimization, Technology trends. Her leadership conducts Cimpl’s marketing team toward ever greater achievements. Caroline is also an exemplary citizen. Outside of work, she is involved in TEMIA, the Dorval Day Camp, and other community organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University and a Master Certificate in Integrated online Strategies from the University of San Francisco Intensive Development program.

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