BMSA's Safety First! 
May 2019

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U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA Issues Rule to Revise Requirements in Safety and Health Standards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule that revises 14 provisions in the record keeping, general industry, maritime, and construction standards that may be confusing, outdated, or unnecessary. The revisions are expected to increase understanding and compliance with the provisions, improve employee safety and health, and save employers an estimated $6.1 million per year.

OSHA proposed the changes in October 2016. This is the  fourth final rule under OSHA's Standards Improvement Project, which began in 1995 in response to a Presidential memorandum to improve government regulations. Other revisions were issued in 1998, 2005, and 2011.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit

(Source: OSHA News Release , May 2019)
The ELD Exceptions and Exemptions will not be affected by the Dec. 16, 2019 ELD Deadline

All exceptions and exemptions to the ELD rule will remain in effect, regardless of the December 16 deadline.

After December 16, 2019, full compliance with the ELD rule is required. This means that, after this date, motor carriers and drivers subject to the ELD rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA to record, certify, and present their hours-of-service data.

Exceptions and Exemptions to the ELD Rule Will Remain in Effect.

The ELD exceptions delineated in the ELD rule and the ELD exemptions announced by FMCSA will not be impacted by the December 16 deadline. Motor carriers and drivers who operate under these exceptions and exemptions will continue to be able to use alternate methods of record-keeping after ELD full compliance goes into effect.

Am I Subject to the ELD Rule?
You can view the list of ELD exceptions and current exemptions on the  Drivers and Motor Carriers section of the  ELD website.

To learn more about the phases of ELD Implementation, view the  ELD Implementation Timeline.

(Source: FMCSA E-update, May 2019)
Calendar of Events

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

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

Oct. 9-11:
CFO Roundtable
(North Myrtle Beach, SC)

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

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

Oct. 24-25:
Sales Manger Roundtable
(Hilton Head, SC)

Nov. 6-8:
Roundtable #7
(Raleigh, NC)

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