Archive for September, 2018

Thank You, Truck Drivers! National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is September 9-15

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2018National Truck Driver Appreciation Week is a time to pause and reflect on the importance of truck drivers in keeping the country moving. Our everyday lives depend on them. The food on our table, the clothes on our back, the electronic gadgets in our hands, the construction materials for our buildings, roads, and bridges all have to be transported by truck. Without truck drivers, our world would come to a grinding halt. A truck driver is someone who performs a job that requires commitment, professionalism, safety awareness, and plenty of sacrifices that include working long grueling hours to being away from home and family for many weeks at a time. So next time you see a truck driver, say thank you.

There are many ways to show thanks to truck drivers. The Washington Trucking Associations is honoring truck drivers by hosting a National Truck Drivers Appreciation Day event on September 11. The event will take place from 6am to 1pm at the Northbound Scatter Creek Rest Area (just north of exit 88 on I-5). Stop by for some breakfast or lunch with truck drivers and a chance to say “Hello, thanks for all you do.”

For more information about National Truck Drivers Appreciation Week please visit the American Trucking Associations website.

For more information about the National Truck Drivers Appreciation Day event in Washington, please visit the Washington Trucking Associations.

Braking News: Brake Safety Week is September 16-22

Brake inspection happening Sept 16-22

Law enforcement agencies across North America will step up commercial vehicle inspections during the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Week from September 16-22. Officers will conduct 37-step North American Level I Inspections that focus on commercial driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Brake Safety Week brings awareness to truck fleets, drivers and mechanics about the importance of performing routine brake system inspections and maintenance.


Nearly half of all commercial vehicles placed out-of-service are due to brake-related violations. In April, the CVSA’s unannounced Brake Safety Day inspection blitz placed 1,595 commercial motor vehicles out of service for brake violations, or 13.8 percent of a total 11,531 inspections. Inspection violations can result in citations, accumulation of CSA points, or out-of-service orders for unsafe conditions likely to cause a crash.


The Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division will participate in the weeklong emphasis. According to Captain Matt Couchman, “Improperly installed or poorly maintained brake systems can reduce braking efficiency, posing serious risk to public safety on our roadways. The Washington State Patrol participates in state and federal emphases to reduce commercial motor vehicle collision in the State of Washington.”

Maintaining your brake system is the best way to pass an inspection and ensure the safety of your truck on the road. Check the following items to keep your brakes are in proper working order:


  • Manual or automatic slack adjuster function and stroke length
  • Brake linings/pads
  • Brake drums
  • Air hose and brake tube condition
  • Mechanical components including springs, anchor pins, cam rollers, and push rods
  • Air compressor
  • ABS malfunction indicator light


Brake Safety Day is a part of the Operation Airbrake Program, sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

Check the CVSA website for more information about Brake Safety Week.

Get Set for National Preparedness Month 2018

Disasters Happen, National Preparedness Month 2018

News headlines remind us every day about the importance of being prepared for hazards such as wildfires, power outages, diseases, and acts of violence. National Preparedness Month, observed each September, encourages Americans to become prepared for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

Trucking companies understand that drivers can find themselves in an emergency situation on the road at any moment. Being prepared can minimize the impacts of an emergency on your drivers and business operations.

The best way to be prepared is having an emergency action plan in your company’s safety program. In Washington State, companies are required to have employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans.

Plans must provide knowledge, skill training, and resources needed to respond appropriately to emergencies. Your plan should be tailored to the emergencies most likely to occur in company buildings or on the road.

Your plan can also include actions that help employees and their families deal with stress during or after a traumatic emergency event.

Learn more about National Preparedness Month from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Washington State  workplace safety rules for employee emergency plans and fire prevention plans.

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Mark Your Calendars: The Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference is September 26-27

Governor's Conference September 26-27

The 67th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference will be at the Spokane Convention Center Sept. 26-27, 2018. The two-day conference offers training and education on the latest tools, technologies and strategies for workplace safety and health. Each year the conference attracts around 1,000 attendees and more than 300 volunteers from different industries.

This year’s event will feature over 70 cutting-edge workshops presented by safety and health experts from many fields. Pre-conference training classes on September 25 will also offer in-depth opportunities to learn about preventing workplace violence, using social media technology, conducting incident investigations, and managing excavation hazards.

The conference is a great opportunity for participants to learn about the latest best practices, watch demonstrations, examine new products, and network with peers. Don’t miss out!

Details and registration information are available on the conference website.