Information published on 17 April 2012 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 287.

Occupational Health & Safety: “Guidance on the safe use of mobile phones and other portable electronic communication devices by railway workers” just published

The UIC Occupational, Health and Safety working group has just published guidance on the safe use of mobile phones and other portable electronic communication devices by railway workers.

Mobile phones and other communications devices offer many benefits and can be integral to safe methods of working, but they can also introduce risk. Holding a conversation or using data services such as text messaging, e-mail, internet, video, etc. can distract those carrying out safety critical tasks such as driving or acting as a lookout or working in dangerous environments, potentially endangering themselves and others.

This document is intended to provide guidance on measures to manage and control these risks.

The document is available in three languages, in electronic as well as in paper format.

You can order it on request from: ETFpubli@uic.org

For more information please contact Meryem Belhaj: belhaj@uic.org