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Are You Ready? September is National Preparedness Month

News headlines remind us every day about wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, power outages, and other disasters. Preparation is key to getting through such events, especially now as COVID-19 makes responding to emergencies much harder. National Preparedness Month promotes disaster planning to help people prepare and stay ready for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. Each week features a different focus:

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 at any moment. Drivers also face additional risks as essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Taking steps to prepare drivers can minimize the impacts of a disaster on their safety and health, not to mention your business operations.

The best way to prepare is by 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 your employees in company buildings, customer sites, and while driving. Make sure you will be able to support and communicate with employees and their families during an emergency.

Your plan should also include resources to help employees and their families deal with stress during or after a traumatic event, such as giving them access to an employee assistance program. Consult your employees when putting your plan together, their input can make it more effective.   Visit KeepTruckingSafe.org to get safety program resources and many other free safety and health training materials for truck drivers.

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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 KeepTruckingSafe.org.

Drowsy Driving Awareness and Prevention Week, November 4-11

Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous mix that makes America’s roadways unsafe. Led by the National Sleep Foundation, Drowsy Driving Awareness and Prevention Week is a national campaign to educate road users about the hazards and serious consequences of drowsy driving.

Much like alcohol and drugs, sleepiness impairs a driver’s hand-eye coordination, reaction time, judgement, vision, and situational awareness. Sleepiness has many causes. Research shows that the risk of sleep-related crashes is higher for young males, shift workers, adults with children at home, truck drivers, and people with untreated sleep disorders or with short-term or chronic sleep deprivation.

In the United States, drowsy driving causes 100,000 crashes with 40,000 injuries and 1,550 fatalities each year. In Washington State from 2011 to 2015, drowsy drivers caused 308 serious injury and 64 fatal crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study attributed sleepiness and fatigue as factors in at least 18,000 or 13% of all commercial motor vehicle-involved crashes. In crashes involving passenger vehicles, the passenger vehicle driver was twice as likely to be fatigue-impaired when compared to the commercial vehicle driver.

In Washington State drowsy driving is against the law, and could result in a $550 fine for negligent driving.

The following tips can help truck drivers prevent drowsiness and fatigue:

  • Get enough sleep before getting behind the wheel. Sleeping at night is best.
  • Maintain a healthy diet, eat at regular times, and don’t go to bed with an empty stomach or right after a heavy meal.
  • If possible, find a safe place to stop for a short nap lasting 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Avoid medication that may induce drowsiness such as tranquilizers, sleeping pills, allergy medicines and cold medicines.
  • Recognize the signals and dangers of drowsiness, including frequent yawning, heavy eyes, and blurred vision.
  • Do not rely on “alertness tricks” such as smoking, drinking coffee, rolling down the window, turning up the radio, etc.

More information on drowsy and fatigued driving:

National Sleep Foundation Drowsy Driving fact sheet or infographic

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

 

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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.

Safety plan resources from KeepTruckingSafe.org.