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SAFETY CORNER


Jen Speaks: Listen Up!

How CSA & PSP Affects You:

Through its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program, the FMCSA works to ensure that all truckers are operating safely. The CSA program targets motor carriers with high SMS scores to get them into compliance before crashes occur, or to put OOS those carries who fail to correct safety issues. 

It's important for drivers to understand how safety performance affects their personal CSA results. Although safety and moving violation adversely affect a company's CSA Safety Measurement Scores for two years, truck drivers' scores are affected for three years. All roadside inspection violations, not just OOS violations, count on drivers' PSP records. Also, all violations recorded on the roadside inspection report are used in a truck driver's PSP score regardless of whether an officer issued an actual citation or merely a verbal warning. 

When you apply for a truck driving job, a carrier will obtain your driving record, and most will now obtain your PSP record. The PSP shows your fiver-year crash and three-year inspection history results from FMCSA databases. Although a driver's consent is required for a motor carrier to obtain a PSP, many motor carriers require this information as a condition of truck-driving employment with them. It is up to you to keep your PSP safety record positive and accurate, even if violations are not your fault. For example, mechanical deficiencies found during a stop or roadside inspection will go on your PSP, even if it's the motor carrier's fault for refusing or being slow to fix safety issues.


A Final Rule:

A final rule to implement minimum truck driver training standards is on track to publish in the Federal Register on November 10, according to the Department of Transportation's monthly regulatory update.

If the rule's final text matches up with the proposed rule released in March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will implement a core curriculum for new truckers receiving their CDL and require them to receive 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training before being issued the license. Additionally, the proposed rule outlined minimum qualifications related to instructors, testing, training vehicles and more, which would be used to establish a registry of approved trainers. More on the Entry-Level Driver Training rule can be found here.

Additionally, a Final Rule to establish a CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is scheduled to publish November 23. This is a change from last month's DOT report, which indicated the rule would be published September 26. It has been with the White House's Office of Management and Budget since May 18.

The rule will establish a database of CDL holders who have failed or refused to take a drug test and requires carriers to report the failures and refusals to FMCSA. Owner-operators must also report to FMCSA the consortium or third-party drug test administrator it uses and authorize it to submit information on any of its drivers, including themselves, to the database. More on the Clearinghouse rule can be seen here.


INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

* From June to July 2016, U.S. imports of steel mill products increased 15.7% to 2.96 million metric tons from 2.56 million metric tons.

* In July 2016, the steel trade deficit widened to -2.3 million metric tons from -1.8 million metric tons in June 2016, a 25.7 % increase.

* U.S. steel production increased slightly by 0.6% to 6.9 million metric tons in July 2016 from 6.8 million metric tons in June.

In the week ending October 1, 2016, domestic raw steel production was 1,611,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 68.9 percent. Production was 1,687,000 net tons in the week ending October 1, 2015 while the capability utilization then was 70.5 percent. The current week production represents a 4.5 percent decrease from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending October 1, 2016 is up 0.4 percent from the previous week ending September 24, 2016 when production was 1,605,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 68.6 percent.

A comparison of August 2016 shipments to the previous month shows the following changes: hot dipped galvanized sheets and strip, up 11 percent; cold rolled sheets, up 6 percent, and hot rolled sheets, up 2 percent.


FALL RECIPE: PAUL'S PUMPKIN BARS



Prep 15 mins | Cook 30 mins | Ready in 45 mins

Ingredients
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 
  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 2 cup sifted confectioners sugar

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10x15 inch jellyroll pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in preheated oven. Cool before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners' sugar a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars. Cut into squares.