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Many times, traffic safety issues come to the forefront following an incident or near miss. However,
safety professionals can take a more proactive view of site safety and efficiency by conducting road safety audits (RSA). These audits are especially helpful for large sites, such as office or educational campuses, large construction sites, petrochemical facilities and manufacturing locations. When coupled with lessons learned from public roadways, RSAs can be a useful tool for hazard mitigation.
ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.
ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.
Some estimates are that rural roads have a 3 times higher accident rate than all other roads. Recently Map-21 eliminated the High Risk Rural Road program in an effort to streamline
funding and may eliminate Federal dollars being targeted to the rural road system. The problem will only be getting worse. The changing demographics that characterizes the urban/rural interface has not been well researched and not the result is it is not well planned. A collective approach will be needed to reduce accidents on rural roads and that educating drivers who drive on them, farmers to
non-residence, will be the key to further reductions.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers assistance to both safety professionals
and employers of safety professionals through its on-line resource the Body of Knowledge. This
powerful tool helps users identify best practices to better protect people, property, and the
environment. For professionals in the field seeking resources and guidance, the Body of Knowledge includes checklists, technical papers, presentation information, training material, and program outlines in a variety of formats including web links, Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and videos.
Motor carriers’ safety performance is measured via the Comprehensive Safety Accountability
(CSA) initiative established in 2010. The CSA operation model is made up of three main
elements: measurement, evaluation, and intervention. The focus of this session is on
intervention. An investigative tool was introduced January 2013 by the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA). The investigative tool is called “Safety Management Cycle”
Costs associated with motor-vehicle accidents such as vehicle repair and medical treatment
are widely recognized. In addition to recognized costs, there are also insurance fees as well as
costs that may fall outside of the responsibility of the insurer. While most work-related injury
costs for the employee may fall under Workers’ Compensation (as an exclusive remedy), punitive
damages associated with failure to manage fleet risk effectively, do not.
The General Duty Clause (GDC), Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, was intended to serve as a “gap filler” to address recognized hazards that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has not yet regulated. To establish a violation of the GDC, the Secretary of Labor must prove: (1) that the employer failed to render its workplace free of a hazard which was (2) “recognized” and (3) causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm and (4) that feasible
means exist to free the workplace of the hazard.
Fleet managers have been dependent upon lagging indicators for far too long in their efforts to
improve driver safety. The advancements of predictive analytics through the addition of the
contextual data captured through in-cab video are the next leg up in enhancing fleet safety. Safety
professionals can have at their fingertips valuable, accurate information that will guide them to
making more informed decisions about who requires training or other interventions
and when it needs to occur. The result will be more effective and efficient safety programs that will enhance the safety of their employees.
Every Commercial Motor Vehicle must be operated in accordance with the laws and regulations of
the jurisdiction in which it is operated. The Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to hold motor carriers responsible for driver
behavior and job performance. The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative is the FMCSA
enforcement and compliance program used to reduce vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. The program leverages the use of technology by using safety performance data collected during roadside stops and through crash reports to identify unsafe carriers and
drivers and to identify safety performance problems.
Within the CSA, the Safety
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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