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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 


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 nonprescription sunglasses.  

Choose 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.

Don't 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.

Check 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.

Look 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.

Use 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 and glare.


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 lenses.

Once 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 Testing

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.


In 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 matters:

  • When may a collector give an employee permission to leave a collection site?
  • What happens if an employee leaves the collection site prior to the completion of the testing process?

The Q 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
Good 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 driver.

 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. 


"While 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.


"These 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.


Border 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.


The new 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)



July 25, 2014



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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 not improve.


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 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 Onsite Investigations. 




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