Shell International Petroleum Co. has joined the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety’s (NETS) board of directors. The company said its global road safety program focuses on improving the safety of its staff and contract drivers.

“Safety is always the top priority at Shell and safe road transport is integral to Shell’s business - whether it is transporting fuel to one of our customers, delivering equipment to construction projects or simply traveling to meetings,” said Mike Watson, Shell global road safety manager. “In addition to a strict road safety regime for our people and contractors, we’re committed to improving road safety in the communities where we work through partnerships and community programs. We’re pleased to join NETS’ Board of Directors. This will enhance our ability to exchange best practices with leading companies and provides Shell with another platform for advocating road safety worldwide.”

Regarding its safety record, Shell stated that the number of motor vehicle incidents the company has experienced has declined 55% since 2008. Shell said this reduction is due to a comprehensive road safety management program that includes simple and clear requirements for drivers and vehicles; journey management planning; driver training; using in-vehicle monitoring systems; a complete ban on the use of mobile phones when driving; and a commitment from the company’s leadership.

NETS was established in 1989. Current board members include Abbott, AmeriFleet Transportation, The Coca-Cola Company, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Monsanto Company, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Group, and UPS. Also, representatives from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are board member liaisons to the federal government, according to NETS.