July is UV Protection Month
As a professional driver subject to the sun's rays
constantly you need to make sure you are wearing the proper
sunglasses to protect your eyes. In addition, proper
sunglasses allow you as a driver to operate safely at an increased
level of visibility.
Tips for Choosing the Right Sunglasses
aren't just a fashion accessory. They are an important protection
for your eyes against the damaging rays of the
sun. It's important for you to know what kind of light you need
to protect your eyes from and what type of light is not necessarily
harmful. Here are some tips for picking the right pair of
glasses that block 99 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays.
This is the most important feature of your sunglasses, and you
should always choose sunglasses that provide this protection.
Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation in sunlight is
linked to eye disease, including cataracts. Some
manufacturers' labels say UV absorption up to 400nm. This is the
same thing as 100 percent UV absorption. Some glasses make
additional claims for blocking infrared rays, but research has not
shown a close connection between infrared rays and eye disease.
rely on the price. Budget conscious? Many types of
affordable sunglasses offer 99 to 100 percent UV protection, so you
don't need to spend a lot of money on a pair of sunglasses.
the quality of the sunglasses. In addition to
UV protection, you also want to check the optical quality of the
lenses. You can easily test the quality of sunglasses by looking at
something with a rectangular pattern, such as a floor tile. Hold
the glasses at a comfortable distance and cover one eye. Move the
glasses slowly from side to side, then up and down. If the lines
stay straight, the lenses are fine. If the lines wiggle, especially
in the center of the lens, try another pair.
for impact-resistant lenses. All sunglasses
must meet impact standards set by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) for safety. No lens is truly unbreakable, but
plastic lenses are less likely to shatter when hit by a ball or
stone. Polycarbonate plastics, used in many sports sunglasses, are
especially strong, but scratch easily. If you buy polycarbonate
lenses, choose ones with a scratch-resistant coating.
protective eyewear instead of sunglasses for hazardous
activities. If you are going to be engaged in
outdoor activities like water or snow skiing that put your eye at
risk for injury, don't count on your eyeglasses for protection. Protective eyewear
is available with UV protection to shield your eyes from sunburn
Lens color tinting and polarization are personal
preferences. There's no
medical reason to recommend one tint of lens over another.
Likewise, while polarized lenses work better at deflecting glare,
they're not blocking any more harmful UV light than non-polarized
you have the right sunglasses, make sure you wear them,
especially in the summer when UV levels are at least three times
higher than in the winter. Also be sure to wear them when
participating in winter sports, particularly at high elevations.
DOT Revises Guidance on Sample Collection For Drug
On July 3, 2014, the U.S. DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and
Compliance issued a revised version of its Urine Specimen
Collection Guidelines for the department's drug testing
programs. Changes to the guidance are set out in italics in
the document, and most changes merely update references or clarify
when actions are required rather than merely authorized.
addition, effective July 14, 2014, the Office of Drug and Alcohol
Policy and Compliance and the DOT Office of the General Counsel
have issued new Q and A's on two
may a collector give an employee permission to leave a
happens if an employee leaves the collection site prior to the
completion of the testing process?
and A states, "There is no requirement for a collector to
inform an employee that the failure to remain at the collection
site is a refusal. Therefore, if the collector does not
inform an employee that failure to remain at the collection site is
a refusal, it does not mean that the collector has given the
employee permission to leave the collection site. If an
employee leaves prior to the completion of the testing process, the
employer must decide whether the employee's actions constitute a
refusal." Additionally, "The employer must document its
decision, and the solid reasoning for the decision, in all
collection site refusal determinations."
Canada Customs Program Changes
For Truckers: CTA
FORT ERIE, ON -
Canadian and U.S. border officials announced changes to the Trusted
Traveler and Trusted Trader programs, to strengthen commerce
between Canada and the U.S.
"Most significant to the trucking industry is the
introduction of Non Resident Importers into Canada's Customs Self
Assessment (CSA) program," the Canadian Trucking Alliance
(CTA) said in a statement.
The CSA program offers low-risk, pre-approved companies
streamlined clearance of eligible goods when using a CSA authorized
importer, a CSA authorized carrier and an approved commercial
Before the change, only Canadian importers qualified for
membership to CSA, but now U.S. companies that import into Canada
may also be eligible for the program.
not aimed specifically at the highway carrier program, increased
participation from shippers means more qualifying shipments for the
FAST lane - a huge benefit for highway carriers hauling those
goods," the CTA stated.
improvements further enhance our trade relationship with our U.S.
neighbors and highlight our shared commitment to a strong and
effective border," said Rob Nicholson, minister of national
defense and MP for Niagara Falls, ON.
officials also unveiled CSA-Platinum, a new tier of benefits
available to CSA importers who show that their business systems,
internal controls and self-testing processes are effective and
reliable at ensuring trade compliance.
CSA-Platinum benefit aims to assist CSA importers attain the
highest rate of compliance with the Canadian Border Services
Agency's (CBSA) trade programs. Importers will be directly
responsible for verification and testing of their trade program
compliance and by doing so, Platinum members are subject to fewer
trade compliance verifications by the CBSA, allowing the Agency to
invest resources in areas of higher or unknown risk.
What's more, the "eGate" pilot project has
officially opened, allowing NEXUS members faster passage at the
Peace Bridge port of entry in Fort Erie. (Above Article
Provided by Trucking News)
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Question of the Week
I got a warning letter from the FMCSA regarding my
CSA SMS scores...what do I do?
A warning letter is your chance to improve your safety
performance and compliance without further intervention from the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Read the
letter carefully because it identifies
your company's specific safety performance and
compliance problems based on Safety Measurement System (SMS) data,
explains how to access your safety record, and outlines the
consequences if your company's safety performance and compliance do
What Happens Next?
You do not need to respond directly to the letter.
FMCSA will continue to monitor your safety performance and
compliance through its SMS at http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/sms/.
It is also important for you, as a motor carrier, to regularly
check your SMS data. If your safety performance and compliance do
not improve, FMCSA may conduct additional interventions that could
result in fines and/or suspension or revocation of your company's
operating authority. These interventions may include Offsite or
National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Sept. 14-20, 2014
Make plans now to recognize your drivers.
Sept. 7-13, 2014
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