posted June 5, 2019
According to CareerBuilder research, mobile devices can reduce overall productivity at work, surpassing surfing the internet and gossiping. According to the survey, 1 in 5 employers think workers are productive less than five hours a day. When looking for a culprit, 55% say that workers’ mobile phones/texting, gaming, etc., are to blame.
Outside of productivity decreases, mobile device distractions can impede employees’ spatial awareness, recognition of hazards and operation of equipment. Employees may face civil and criminal liability for damages that result from accidents caused by texting while driving, engaging in other work, answering personal communications on devices and otherwise being distracted from their work.
What can safety professionals do to help companies avoid litigation and keep their employees safe? How can mobile device distractions be remedied without infringing on employee privacy and rights? What policies and practices should employers implement? What are the liabilities for each party?
Join Columbia Southern University on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 1 p.m. CST for “Linking Mobile Devices and Workplace Safety,” a webinar discussion and Q&A session to discuss these topics. CSU’s occupational health and safety professor Ralph Blessing will lead the discussion.
CSU offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in occupational safety and health, as well as a bachelor’s in environmental management. CSU’s online bachelor’s and master’s programs in occupational safety and health are touted by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals as Graduate Safety Practitioner® Qualified Academic Programs. For more information, visit ColumbiaSouthern.edu/Safety.
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