BMSA's Safety First! 
February 2018
OOIDA Petitions FMCSA to Change Hours-Of-Service Rules

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has sent a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeking to alter current  hours-of-service regulations, the association announced Feb. 14.

OOIDA is requesting that drivers operating under HOS regulations be allowed one rest break during a 14-hour on-duty period - for up to three straight hours, if the driver is off duty the whole time.

"The rest break would effectively stop the 14-hour clock," the organization states in a press release. "However, drivers would still need to log 10 consecutive hours off duty before the start of their next work shift."

OOIDA also is calling for an end to the current 30-minute rest break rule.

To read the full story click here.

(Source:  Safety+Health magazine, Feb. 2018)

Transform Your Safety Programs With Technology

How can technology help improve safety data?

Technology permeates our lives. It helps us stay connected, manage our days and track our health. Companies know that safety professionals can't be everywhere or prevent every incident, which is why more and more are turning to technology solutions to help safety teams drive continuous improvement across their operations. As technology solutions have matured and the cost of adoption has decreased, companies are identifying new ways to utilize technology to improve safety programs and ensure worker safety.

From wearables and smart personal protective equipment to mobile devices, safety leaders are leveraging mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to collect data on how their employees are working and use the analyzed data to make changes to their programs. Safety professionals can identify previously unknown safety risks and take proactive measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate them going forward.

The advancement of these solutions and analytical capabilities is helping drive improved safety programs across the globe.

To read the full story click here.

(Source: Safety+Health magazine, Feb. 2018 &, Feb. 2018) 


Last year, there were 3.5 million roadside inspections performed on commercial trucks and buses, with nearly 60 percent resulting in at least one violation, according to recently released government data.
Being familiar with those violations can help drivers and motor carrier avoid them.

The tables in the report list the top violations of driver- and vehicle-related motor carrier safety and hazardous materials regulations as cited during roadside inspections in 2017, as well as:
  • The percentage of those violations that resulted in an out-of-service (OOS) order for the driver or vehicle (there were 955,000 OOS violations in all); and
  • The severity points assigned to each violation in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) system.
Also included is a list of the top violations categorized as "other," consisting primarily of violations of state and local laws. These violations generally have no effect on CSA scores. There were 1 million such violations in 2017.

To see the full tables and report click here.

(Source: Daren Hansen, J. J. Keller's Motor Carriers Safety Report, 02/21/2018)

Attention: Ohio  Members


Registration Is Still Open! 

There is still time to register for the 2018 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18),  March 7-9  at the Greater Columbus 
Convention Center. 

Don't sit on the sideline! Refresh your workplace safety game plan, help slash your workers' comp costs, earn  free  continuing education credits, and scout out the latest safety gear and services.

Register online today at  

Admission is FREE!

Do All Your Employees Have Up To Date Forklift Training?

LBM dealers are required to train their forklift operators initially and then every three years to comply with OSHA standards. BMSA & NLBMDA make this process easy with our  Forklift & You Training Program . The program is available in both English and Spanish. 

Get the only forklift training specific to the lumber and building material industry that meets OSHA forklift training requirements. All employees who operate a forklift must be trained in order to comply with OSHA standards. 

For more information contact 
BMSA at 800.849.1503 or 
contact NLBMDA at

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February 27-March 1: Installed Sales Roundtable (Asheville, NC)

March 19-21: NLBMDA Legislative Conference (Washington, DC) 

March 21-22: Yard and Delivery Management Seminar  (Mooresville, NC)

March 25-27 : Roundtable 1 (Charlotte, NC)

April 18-20: CFO Roundtable 
(Kansas City, MO)

April 19-20: Emerging Leaders Roundtable 2 (Nashville, TN)

April 19-20: Operations Manager Roundtable (B)
(Fair Play, SC)

April 22-24: Roundtable 3 (Greensboro, NC)

April 25-27: Sales Managers Roundtable (Charleston, SC)

April 26-27: Operations Manager Roundtable (A)
(Durham, NC)

May 3-4: Emerging Leaders Roundtable 1
(Asheville, NC)

May 16-18: Roundtable 7 (Nashville, TN)
July 26-29: BMSA's Summer Conference  
(Virginia Beach, VA) 
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