BMSA's Safety First! 
April 2019
June Roadcheck to Focus on 
Steering, Suspensions
Annual CVSA event set for June 4-6 

Steering and suspensions are the focus of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck, set for June 4-6 throughout North America.

Each year, the Roadcheck places emphasis on a category of violations. During the 72-hour period, CVSA-certified inspectors will primarily conduct a North American Standard Level I Inspection. The inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes an exam of driver operating requirements and vehicle fitness. Inspectors may instead perform a Level II walk-around driver/vehicle inspection, Level III driver/credential/administrative inspection, or the Level V vehicle-only inspection.

The International Roadcheck is believed to be the largest targeted enforcement program on CMVs in the world. CVSA said that about 17 trucks and buses are inspected on average, every minute in the United States, Canada, and Mexico during the 72-hour period. More than 1.6 million roadside inspections have been conducted during the annual event since its inception in 1988.

International Roadcheck is a CVSA program with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of Mexico.

For more information click here.

(Source: J.J. Keller,   April 2019)
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'Presenteeism' and 'Leavism': Bad for Workers, Bad for Business

Anyone who has gone to school or has a job has probably heard the term "absenteeism." But what about "presenteeism" and "leavism"? Although not as widely talked about, both presenteeism and leavism can have serious health and safety repercussions for both workers and employers.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and other organizations define presenteeism as an employee going to work despite being ill or having a work-affecting injury.
"Presenteeism can cause workers to be less productive than normal, have a lower morale, and become fatigued more easily as they are experiencing different bodily effects on top of their sickness or injury symptoms," IOSH cautions, adding that, "The accumulation of some of these effects can lead to mental ill health and negative well-being."

"Leavism" is slightly different. It occurs, according to IOSH, when a worker uses scheduled time off to perform work tasks or make themselves "always available."

Click here for IOSH lists five negative effects of presenteeism and leavism.
(Source: Safety+Health magazine, April 2019)
Sixth Annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls: 
May 6-10, 2019

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and its partners will host events nationwide for the sixth annual  National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction  from May 6-10.  Employers and workers will pause to talk about fall hazards, OSHA compliance, and industry best practices to prevent falls. The 2019 poster is now available on OSHA's  publications page .

More info here.

(Source: OSHA
, April 2019)
OSHA  to Host Third Meeting on Whistleblower Issues May 14

A meeting will be held May 14 in Washington, D.C. to solicit public comments and suggestions from stakeholders on issues facing  OSHA in the administration of the  whistleblower protection provisions under the  Occupational Safety and Health ActOSHA is seeking input on improving whistleblower customer service and enhancing understanding of whistleblower laws the agency enforces.  The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Labor's national headquarters. Those interested must register by April 30.

For more information, see the  Federal Register notice

(Source: OSHA QuickTakes Newsletter , April 2019)
Calendar of Events

May 5-7: 
Roundtable #7
(Richmond, VA)

July 25-28: 
BMSA's Summer Conference (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1:
Roundtable # 1
(Charlotte, NC)

October 9-11:
CFO Roundtable
(Myrtle Beach, SC)

October 10-11:
Operations Manager A Roundtable
(Hilton Head, SC)

October 16-18:
Roundtable # 3
(Charlotte, NC)

October 23-25:
Sales Manager Roundtable (Hilton Head, SC)
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