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Special Assistant to John L. Henshaw, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) has been named to focus on vehicle safety.
OSHA's strategic management plan also covers issues not traditionally addressed by the agency but that nevertheless account for many work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths, such as workplace violence and work-related motor vehicle accidents. OSHA intends to use a variety of cooperative programs and outreach efforts to assist employers and employees in addressing these problems.
National Driver Register (NDR) - The National Driver Register (NDR) is a central repository of information on individuals whose privilege to drive has been revoked, suspended, canceled or denied or who have been convicted of serious traffic-related offenses.
Volunteer drivers will receive training parallel to the standards of wage-grade van drivers at the local facility. VHA Handbook 1620.2
Departmental Policy: Motor Vehicle Safety Programs shall be developed and implemented at VA facilities where motor vehicles (including cars, vans, trucks, forklift trucks, bulldozers, etc.) are regularly operated on official business. This program shall remind operators of safe driving practices, the requirement to use safety belts and shoulder harnesses, and defensive driving techniques. Periodic distribution of vehicle safety literature, the use of posters, and video training aids are encouraged. Facilities shall present at least one formal safe driving program per year. Operators of VA vehicles must have a current state drivers license. This must be verified by the Department of Transportation's National Driver Register through the Network Support Team (Engineering Management and Field Support Office).
Question: Removing the back seat from a 15 passenger is not adequate if that space is filled with cargo. Answer: NHTSA - Trying to get around the 15 seat maximum is not the answer.
Question: What is OSHA doing to bring together stakeholders?
Answer: OSHA - OSHA is planning a Federal Advisory Committee meeting on the subject. Again, working with the NSC we are planning to address the subject at the September, National Safety Congress.
Question: How do you determine if a volunteer has a valid driver's license or is qualified to drive and what about insurance?
Answer: NSC - first step is to ask to see their license - NHTSA - the National Drivers Registry (see link above) can be used to check their driving record - NSC - Drivers should have insurance.
Question: How many driving violations can a driver have before you turn them down? Answer: NHTSA - That is an individual agency's decision.
Question: Why not do drug testing after an accident? Answer: NHTSA - ok what about annually also or more frequent?
Question: Why not have a CD to educational package for our drivers or an online course?
Answer: NHTSA and NSC - CD and on-line educational packages are good tools but do not have the checks and balances needed. Note: VA educational package http://vaww1.va.gov/vasafety/page.cfm?pg=312
Question: NCA - Are CWTs covered under Tort Claims if they are injured while operating a vehicle off VA property?
Answer: 00S1 - Yes, if it in there job requirements of their supervisior orders them to do so (it is important to estiblish this).
Question: What about 15 passenger vans
Answer: NHTSA - They are not like driving a regular car and drivers need information on the differences - VA - VA are only accepting 12 or 9 passenger vans - NSC - The use of these vans is a real concern because of their wide use by groups that do not have drivers that understand the differences with these vans.