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Thursday, October 29 2009
So it did pass.  Well add some more confusion to the mix.  Proper revision is needed.  More pot stirring with no real results is not.  Will be interesting to see what actually comes out of this.  The trucking industry needs to become more involved in this process and find a way to greater influence the outcome.  This includes drivers not just corporations.   Letting this all up to the delegates, auto groups and insurance industry is only going to hurt the trucking industry even more.

Let me share a posting from Jeffery Trainor at LinkedIn:

Breaking News: US Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules to be Re-Written 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in response to a legal challenge to the current hours of service (HOS) regulations, will completely rewrite the 2008 HOS regulations. The agency will issue a proposed rulemaking within 9 months and a new Final Rule in less than two years.
This settlement is in response to a legal challenge brought against FMCSA by Public Citizen, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Truck Safety Coalition and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In March 2009, the groups asked a D.C. Appeals court to throw out the HOS rule. The March 2009 challenge was the third challenge to the Bush Administration’s HOS rules.

Posted by: The DOT Doctor AT 05:23 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, October 28 2009

I have seen the clerk in the Safety Position too often. Many of the clients was serviced or prospective clients feel they are too small to need a safety person. They actually say they do not need to worry about the DOT since they only had x trucks. (generally under 10). Then that audit paper comes and they run crying. 

We all know 1 truck or 1 million trucks, the DOT is coming. The free DOT HELP group we run on Yahoo addresses this issue with so many small companies. I speak with their "safety clerk", who professes they are clerical and haven't a clue, on how to conduct a safety department. Not only is this unsafe practices; the drivers walk all over them. Drivers are not stupid. They know when the safety person is clueless and they use that to their advantage. Can you blame them? 

Our virtual safety director service has helped some companies. It is nice for a long term contract on our part but it really feels better when you can go in and educate management on the importance of a good safety department. While you are their virtual director for a bit to get the ball rolling; it is great to see them learn to value this position and place a full time, qualified person in the spot. Maybe this new ruling will draw more attention to the need for safety and achieve what we have been trying to do for over 10 years in our little part of the world.

Having said this - I want to share a posting from LinkedIN


Over the years several carriers have tried to cut expenses by using safety clerks instead of experienced or Certified Safety Directors.

This mindset has worked for some carriers, over the years, because the carrier’s Safety Rating would only be affected when a compliance review was conducted. THINGS ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE! states: “DON’T WAIT! What you and your drivers are doing RIGHT NOW will affect your company's new safety rating with CSA 2010. FMCSA assessment has already begun and will use the data they have been collecting to levy corrective actions or even declare drivers and companies “unfit” to continue service!”
Carriers can not afford to NOT have an experienced and seasoned Safety Director in control of the day-to-day operations. Carriers MUST develop educational and progressive discipline programs to prevent their drivers, contractors and even their own company from being declared “UNFIT” to continue service.

A carrier can no longer afford to allow a clerk to carry the title of Safety Director and live in denial or the fantasy world that CSA2010 is not going to affect them. This mentality has already cost several carriers large fines and even more to close their doors.

The attached link is an interview with a carrier from one of the test states which is currently using CSA2010. After reading the interview: Ask yourself can you afford not to have a seasoned certified and experienced Safety Director in charge of your company’s future?

Please take a couple seconds and answer two quick POLL questions and then view the results of the others.

What has your company done to prepare for CSA2010?

Who is in charge of your company’s DOT Compliance and Safety?

I would like to hear your thoughts.




Need help getting ready!  Drop us a line -

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Remember Safety is everyone's business

Posted by: Dr. Andrea Sitler PhD AT 12:11 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 17 2009

Read this article on another site and felt it worth a mention.  We teach fire prevention beginning in 1st grade.  Maybe we should look at what these other countries are doing that places us so far behind them.

From: Virtual LAMP POSTm October 16, 2009

Study: U.S. Behind World in Fire Prevention

Fire officials in the State of Guanajuato in Mexico have a belief that the best fire department isn't the one that responds to the most calls. Rather, it's the one that prevents the most fire.

A new "best practices" report shows virtually the entire world does a far better job at reducing fire causalities than the United States by as much as 50 percent in some cases.

The final installment of a three-year study examining how 10 nations handle fire prevention in their countries was recently released. The report, commissioned by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was researched and written by System Planning Corporation's TriData Division in Arlington , Va. The principal researcher was TriData's president Philip Schaenman .

"It's not that other nations are doing anything that we haven't tried, it's just that the scale in which they do it is just spectacular compared to what we do here in the United States," said Schaenman, who in the late 1970s and early 1980s, served as the U.S. Fire Administrator in charge of the National Fire Data Center.

Best Practices Report Part 1 (PDF)

Best Practices Report Part 2 (PDF)

Best Practices Report Part 3 (PDF)

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