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OSHA Wants to Protect Workers from Carbon Monoxide Exposure

As temperatures plunge across much of the nation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers to take necessary precautions to protect workers from the serious, and sometimes fatal, effects of carbon monoxide exposure. Every year, workers die from carbon monoxide poisoning, usually while using fuel-burning equipment and tools in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation.

Commercial Trucks Waste $27 Billion in Diesel, Time because of Congestion

The total financial cost of congestion in 2011 was $121 billion, up one billion dollars from the year before and translating to $818 per U.S. commuter, according to the annual Urban Mobility Report (UMR) published by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute on February 5. Of that total, about $27 billion worth was wasted time and diesel fuel from trucks moving goods on the system.

DOT Says Marijuana Legalization Has No Bearing on Its Drug Testing Programs

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released a drug and alcohol policy and compliance notice, following the passage of initiatives in several states to permit the recreational use of marijuana. “We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program.” noted DOT’s Jim L. Swart.  “The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40 – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.”

Alternate Hotel Options Available for Specialized Transportation Symposium

More than 300 people have already signed up for the 2013 Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27 – March 1 at the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla. Although standard rooms are sold out at the hotel for Thursday, February 28, upgraded options are still available there. As a service to attendees, SC&RA also has compiled a list of hotels within walking distance of the Hilton at Lake Buena Vista:

Holiday Inn Hotel (0.2 miles from Hilton)
1805 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(888) 465-4329
From $144/night

Last Chance for Specialized Transportation Symposium Registration Discounts --February 1

The Transportation Symposium is being held February 27-March 1 at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista Hotel in Orlando, FL. Through February 1, members’ registration fees will be $429 and spouse fees are $159. Non-member registration fees are $629 and non-member spouse fees are $239. Government fees are $119. February 2 and thereafter, registration fees are $50 higher in all categories.

Make a Big, Lasting Impact with Products Fair Booth

Only 12 of 90 booths are still available for the SC&RA Products Fair. The Products Fair will be the only official activity on Friday, April 5, 9 a.m.-noon, during the SC&RA Annual Conference at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Consider a few ways that the Products Fair could make a difference for your company:

Plan Now to Attend SC&RA Annual Conference in Early April

Anticipation is building for the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz. More than 600 senior managers and executives from around the world are expected to gather for another strong line-up of educational sessions, committee meetings, and numerous networking opportunities. Click here for registration forms for the Annual Conference, individual events and exhibit space; hotel and travel details; and a detailed schedule.

Symposium Session to Focus on the Business Aspect of CSA

Jeff Davis, Principal of Fleet Safety Services, LLC, Coldwater, Ohio, will moderate an interactive session highlighting how shippers, brokers, insurance underwriters and the motoring public use Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores during SC&RA’s Specialized Transportation Symposium, February 27-March 1, at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Fla. Participants at the session will learn how to incorporate CSA strategies into their existing safety programs to improve the bottom line and keep employees in compliance.

Learn How to Find the Way through Transportation Roadblocks at Webinar

Rebecca Brewster, President and CEO of the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), will discuss the trucking industry’s top concerns during SC&RA’s next Webinar, February 13 at noon EST. She will present the latest ATRI research on Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) regulations, hours-of-service, driver shortages, electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs), congestion, highway infrastructure and more. This webinar will be structured so that participants will be able to put the findings to work to improve their organization’s safety and productivity.

Submit Entries for SC&RA Annual Awards by March 5

Applications are now being accepted for a number of prestigious SC&RA Annual Awards, which will be presented during the SC&RA Annual Conference, April 2-6, at the Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Opportunities include: