If you’ve ever applied for an interpretation from the U.S. Department of Transportation, or even looked one up online, chances are you’ve found a solution to your problem in a letter signed by Edward Mazzullo, longtime Director of the Office of Hazardous Materials Standards of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Mr. Mazzullo’s commitment to clarifying the complexities of the Hazardous Materials Regulations, as well as his career devoted to developing and improving regulatory standards, has resulted in him being awarded the George L. Wilson Award by the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council (DGAC) at its 40th Annual Summit and Exposition in Arlington, VA.
Each year, DGAC, a major organization for the education of the private and public sectors on transport of dangerous goods issues, presents the George L. Wilson Award to an individual, organization or company that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of hazardous materials transportation safety. Previous winners include former members of the DOT, but also representatives of industry, and international representatives such as Linda Hume-Sastre, who labored for many years on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations for Transport Canada. Even CHEMTREC, the well-known emergency information service, has received the award.
DGAC presented the award to Mr. Mazzullo at a lunch attended by many hazardous materials professionals who have benefitted from his guidance through the years. We applaud his long service, and dedication to Continue Reading…
The Eagles, a popular band for several decades, broke up back in the 1980s. A famous quote from one of the band’s members is that they would play as a band again “when Hell freezes over.” Interestingly enough in 1994 the band got back together and went on tour. Of course, the name of the tour was “Hell Freezes Over”. I mention this because the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is also about to go on tour.
The tour known as the “ELD Implementation National Tour” is a way for FMCSA staff members and experts to present, discuss, and help with the new Electronic Logging Devices or ELDs. An ELD is a device designed to sync with an engine to record driving times. This recording will make for easier and better tracking of a driver’s hours of service (HOS). These ELDs will replace the paper logbooks that certain drivers are required to maintain. To access the Federal Register for the full Final Rule, click here.
The ELD Final Rule was published in December of 2016 and has a 3-phase implementation. Each phase has its own time frame, objective(s), and device requirements.
ELD Rule implementation phases:
Phase 1: Awareness and Transition
Dates: February 16, 2016 to December 18, 2017
Objective: Learning the requirements of the new rule and planning for compliance
What is it? Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010) is a program being rolled out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to improve truck and bus safety. The aim is to reduce commercial vehicle incidents, injuries and fatalities.
FMCSA incorporates several key properties:
Flexibility – recognizes changes in technology and the environment
Efficiency – improves Federal and State enforcement
Effectiveness – aims to improve safety performance
Innovation – use of technology to track and measure data
Equitability – ensures consistent treatment.
Some of the BASIC (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) the FMCSA will look at are:
unsafe driving – driving infractions, i.e. speeding, reckless driving, etc.
driver fatigue – drivers who are tired, ill or not in compliance with hours of service (HOS)
driver fitness – lack of training, medical certification and/or experience
alcohol/controlled substances – under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances and/or abuse of over the counter medications
vehicle maintenance – improper or lack of maintenance
improper load securement – unsafe handling of dangerous goods, load shifting, etc.
The system will assess information gathered through safety data collection and can result in interventions such as:
The goal is that by the end of 2010, the roads will be safer for everyone.