From:                              Idealease <davehelge@idealease.com>

Sent:                               Friday, September 12, 2014 3:40 PM

To:                                   mchapman@tricotruck.com

Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Next Week is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week!

 

 

Idealease Safety Bulletin

 

 

SAFETY BULLETIN

 

 

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Next Week is National Truck Driver
Appreciation Week! 

  

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is when America takes the time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in tackling one of our economy's most demanding and important jobs. These 3.1 million professional men and women not only deliver our goods safely, securely and on time, they also keep our highways safe.

 

Driver Recognition Awards

 

Next week is Truck Driver Appreciation week and it is a good time to review your award and recognition programs that you have in place. It is important that we recognize those drivers who have performed

in a safe and compliant manner. Recognition awards are best used for safe driving. A recognition award should be an award that the driver or employee cannot get anywhere else. It is best if these awards are personalized. Benefits of recognition award are that they are non-monetary and have a longer lasting effect. A driver should not be able to go and buy this award on their own. The only way to receive the award and recognition is to meet the requirements for receiving the award. These awards can be further enhanced by presenting award group presentations with peers (i.e. meetings, banquets, etc.).

 

As a motor carrier, there are a number of state and nationwide association award programs that you can enroll your drivers in. I would recommend that you contact your state trucking association for a listing of the awards programs that are available. There are a variety of awards programs available for your drivers through organizations such as the American Trucking Association (www.truckline.com) and the National Private Truck Council (NPTC). The NPTC has the Driver Hall of Fame and National Driver All-Stars driver's awards programs that are available to NPTC members. Go to: www.nptc.org to enroll your driver.


Driver Incentive Awards

 

Incentive monetary awards are best used to motivate a driver to perform. These types of incentive programs are successful in motivating the driver to achieve a specific goal such a certain fuel mileage or clean roadside inspection.
 

 

 

October 5 - 11 Fire Prevention Week 

 

National Fire Prevention Week is coming and it is a good time to review with your drivers how to prevent fires and how to react to a fire that occurs in their commercial motor vehicle.

 

Fire extinguisher inspection is a vital part of a driver's daily vehicle inspection process. It amazes me how many times I will be looking at a truck and find the fire extinguisher has lost it pressure do to a leak or was used and returned to the truck without being recharged. The actions of a driver at the time of a fire are crucial in saving lives and controlling the amount of loss.

When a fire occurs in a commercial motor vehicle the driver has to know two things:

  1. Knowlege about fires.
  2. How to operate a fire extinguisher.

Fire safety and fire extinguisher operation should be part of every new driver's orientation program.

 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations require that all commercial motor vehicles have a fire extinguisher on board that is of the correct size, type and properly secured and labeled. Did you know that a CMV with hazardous materials is required to have a different size extinguisher than those not carrying hazardous material?

Here are the requirements:

 

§393.95 Emergency equipment on all power units. 


Each truck, truck tractor, and bus (except those towed in driveaway-towaway operations) must be equipped as follows: 


(a) Fire Extinguishers.

 

(1) Minimum ratings:

 

(i) A power unit that is used to transport hazardous materials in a quantity that requires placarding must be equipped with a fire extinguisher having an Underwriters' Laboratories rating of 10 B:C or more. 

 

(ii) A power unit that is not used to transport hazardous materials must be equipped with either:

 

(A) A fire extinguisher having an Underwriters' Laboratories rating of 5 B:C or more; or

 

(B) Two fire extinguishers, each of which has an Underwriters' Laboratories rating of 4 B:C or more.

 

(2) Labeling and marking. Each fire extinguisher required by this section must be labeled or marked by the manufacturer with its Underwriters' Laboratories rating.

 

(3) Visual Indicators. The fire extinguisher must be designed, constructed, and maintained to permit visual determination of whether it is fully charged. 

 

(4) Condition, location, and mounting. The fire extinguisher(s) must be filled and located so that it is readily accessible for use. The extinguisher(s) must be securely mounted to prevent sliding, rolling, or vertical movement relative to the motor vehicle.

 

(5) Extinguishing agents. The fire extinguisher must use an extinguishing agent that does not need protection from freezing. Extinguishing agents must comply with the toxicity provisions of the Environmental Protection Agency's Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) regulations under 40 CFR Part 82, Subpart G.

 

What you can do to prevent the likelihood of a fire starting in your Commercial Motor Vehicle:

  1. Complete a thorough pre- and post-trip inspection daily of the fuel, electrical, exhausts systems, tires and cargo of your truck.
  2. Keep the unit clean from excess grease, fuel and oil.
  3. Monitor your dash gauges while in operation for signs of overheating.
  4. Utilize your mirrors for signs of smoke or flames.
  5. With new Post Emission 2007 and newer units be aware of regeneration of the after treatment program and where the regeneration occurs as exhaust temperatures reach high levels of heat.
  6. Know the cargo that you have on board and its fire potential.

 

 

September 12, 2014

 

 

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National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

 Sept. 14-20, 2014

 

Make plans now to recognize your drivers.

 

 

 

 Fire Prevention Week

 Oct. 5-11, 2014

 

 

 

 

The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.

 

 

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