American Society of Safety Engineers News

Michael Nowak

For Immediate Release

New Safety Standard Can Aid Businesses in Preventing Roadway Crashes

     Des Plaines, IL (February 22, 2006) — Businesses of all sizes can utilize the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z15.1 Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operations to help reduce roadway crashes and the high costs associated with them. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) today announced the newly approved Z15.1 standard, which provides guidelines for developing a motor vehicle safety program for employers with one vehicle or a fleet of hundreds.

ASSE Council on Practices and Standards Vice President James D. Smith, CSP, said, “The ANSI Z15.1 standard is an essential tool in establishing safe driving practices, and providing a means for employers to control the risks associated with the operation of motor vehicles. These risks can lead to lost lives, lower productivity, property loss and higher insurance costs brought on by roadway accidents.”

Approved by ANSI on February 15, 2006, the Z15.1 standard provides organizations with the minimum requirements for developing driver safety policies and procedures, applying to organization-owned and leased vehicles for business and personal use, and also rental vehicles for business use. The standard excludes off-road recreational vehicles and unlicensed equipment. The Z15.1 standard addresses factors within the operational environment that may increase the likelihood of roadway crashes, such as impaired, distracted or aggressive driving practices, in addition to providing driver requirements from qualifications and training programs to record keeping, incident reporting and data analysis. It also provides motor vehicle safety guidelines for inspections and maintenance as well as safety considerations when purchasing or modifying motor vehicles.

ASSE serves as secretariat of the Z15 Accredited Standards Committee, which has over 30 representative organizations from trade associations and employers to government agencies and insurance companies. In addition, ASSE members Carmen Daecher and William Hinderks, CSP, CPCU, ARM, serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the Z15 Committee. For more information on the Z15.1 standard (item 3387), which will soon be available for purchase, visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at

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