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Mike Byrnes & Assoc. , Inc. Names the Occupational Health and Safety Administration as Bumper To Bumper® People of the Month for March, 2009

 

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Those big commercial vehicles on the highway are impressive. But if it weren't for PEOPLE, those trucks would be sitting idly in terminal yards. With an eye to shining the spotlight on the PEOPLE behind the trucking industry, this month Mike Byrnes and Associates, Inc., highlights the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. 

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is a division of the United States Department of Labor. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the safety and health of America's working men and women by

  • setting and enforcing standards
  • providing training, outreach and education
  • establishing partnerships
  •  encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.

You might not think of OSHA when you think of trucking. But driving a truck and handling and hauling cargo do present risks to health and safety. OSHA regulations require employers to provide safe and healthy working conditions. The protections provided by OSHA to truck driver employees were highlighted in 2004 when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration passed Code of Federal Regulations Title 49, Chapter 380.503, Subpart E -- Entry-level driver training requirements. This required training in

  • driver qualification
  • hours of service
  • driver wellness
  • whistleblower protection.
The last, "whistleblower protection," referred to the right of an employee to question the safety practices of an employer without the employee’s risk of losing a job or being subject to reprisals simply for stating a safety concern. This is found in Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Chapter 27 Part 1978. These are Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations.

For more information, visit the Website at 
www.osha.gov.