Archive for August, 2019

Brake Safety Week is September 15-21

Law enforcement agencies across North America will step up commercial vehicle inspections during the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Brake Safety Week from September 15-21. 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 May, the CVSA’s Brake Safety Day inspection blitz placed 1,667 commercial motor vehicles out of service for brake violations, or 16.1 percent of a total 10,358 inspections. Focusing closely on the condition of brake hoses/tubing, the inspections issued the following violations:


  • 996 units had chafed rubber hoses.
  • 185 units had chafed thermoplastic hoses.
  • 1,125 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 393.45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included chafed rubber hoses.
  • 124 violations of 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 393.45 and Canadian equivalent violations that included kinked thermoplastic hoses.


Inspection violations can result in citations, accumulation of CSA points, or out-of-service orders for unsafe conditions likely to cause a crash. Vehicles that pass inspection without critical violations are eligible to receive a CVSA decal.


The Washington State Patrol’s Motor Carrier Safety Division will participate in the weeklong emphasis. According to Captain Shannon Bendiksen, the division’s commander, “The Washington State Patrol is an active participant in the CVSA Brake Safety Week as well as other safety initiatives. For the week, there will be an extra emphasis on examining brake systems and identifying equipment failures. This is also an opportunity for officers to educate drivers, mechanics, motor carriers, and others on the importance of brake inspections, maintenance, care and operations. The ultimate goal is to make the roadways safer for the motoring public.”


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.

Check the Keep Trucking Safe website for general maintenance training resources.

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The 2019 Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference is September 24-26

The 68th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference will be at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center September 24-26, 2019. The conference offers training and education on the latest tools, technologies, and strategies to improve 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 80 cutting-edge workshops presented by safety and health experts from many fields. The keynote speaker will be Todd Conklin, who spent 25 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Senior Advisor for Organizational and Safety Culture. Pre-conference training classes on September 24 will also offer in-depth opportunities to learn about workplace violence prevention in healthcare, mental health first aid, confined space rescue, and silica exposure prevention in construction, maritime, and general industries.

The conference is a great opportunity for participants to learn about the latest best practices, watch demonstrations, examine new products, and network with peers. Register by August 31 for best attendee rates. Don’t miss out!

Details and registration information are available on the conference website.

Get Prepared! September is National Preparedness Month

News headlines remind us every day about the importance of being prepared for disasters such as wildfires, tornados, floods, and power outages. Being effectively prepared will go a long way to help you get through the circumstances of a disaster. National Preparedness Month, observed each September, encourages Americans to prepare for disaster emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Each week features a different focus to educate people how to prepare before disaster strikes. National Preparedness Month began in 2004 as a sponsored program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency Plans for Trucking

Trucking companies know that their drivers can find themselves in a disaster emergency on the road at any moment. Taking steps to prepare drivers can minimize the impacts of a disaster on their safety and your business operations.

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

Plans must provide employees the knowledge, skill training, and resources needed to respond appropriately to emergencies. You should tailor your plan around the emergencies most likely to affect employees in company buildings and truck drivers on the road.

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

Get free resources for National Preparedness Month 2019 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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

Safety plan resources from

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week 2019 is September 8-14.

National 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 are all 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 sacrifice that includes working long periods away from home and family. 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 several events during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. The following is a list of events where you can stop by for some breakfast or lunch with truck drivers and have a chance to say, “Hello, thanks for all you do.”

Monday, September 9

Scatter Creek Rest Area (just north of exit 88 on I-5)

Breakfast provided by Cattleman’s Food Truck & BBQ lunch provided by Foster Farms & DSU Peterbilt & GMC, Inc.

Tuesday, September 10

Bow Hill Scale House

Food Trucks Sponsored by Kam-Way Transportation & Ludtke Pacific Trucking, Inc.

Thursday, September 12


Exact location & Food Trucks TBD, Breakfast catered by Jaunderfull Edibles

Friday, September 13

Grandview Scale House

Food Trucks TBD, Breakfast catered by Jaunderfull Edibles


Details for all events

Breakfast is 6 to 9 a.m.

Lunch is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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

For more information about the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week events in Washington State, please visit the Washington Trucking Associations.

Safe + Sound Week 2019

From August 12 – 18, Safe + Sound Week will bring nationwide attention to the importance of workplace safety and health programs for preventing employee injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. The annual event encourages participation to help businesses get started with new safety programs and to re-energize existing ones. Company safety programs save lives, sustain health, and prevent costly injuries that can hurt your bottom line.

In Washington State, employers are required to develop, supervise, and enforce a safety program that is effective in practice. Despite this requirement, the lack of a company safety program continues to be the top safety violation for trucking companies in Washington. Safety programs that go beyond basic compliance feature management commitment, hazard identification and assessment, hazard prevention and control, safety training and education, and program evaluation.

Participation in Safe + Sound Week is easy. You can plan your own activities such as holding brief toolbox talks, lunch-n-learns, safety trivia contests, safe worker recognition awards, hazard identification walk-throughs, or a safety retreat day for evaluating workplace safety and brainstorming new ideas.

You can also attend free introductory safety and health management courses at the OSHA Training Institute Education Center. The interactive courses will be available on August 16 in Seattle, Portland, and Boise.  Get course information and register here.

For more information on Safe + Sound Week 2019, and to let others know that you are participating, please visit OSHA.

Please visit the Keep Tucking Safe website for free trucking-related training and informational safety program resources.

For additional safety program resources please visit the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.