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ATA to Co-Sponsor Sleep
Other co-sponsors include the Federal
Apnea Conference; Issue
Motor Carrier Safety Administration,
which has been wrestling with the
Becoming Larger Concern for issue of whether apnea testing should
Industry
be mandatory for commercial drivers.
American Trucking Associations
ATA has made apnea awareness a
(ATA) plans to co-sponsor a first-ever
part of its continuing safety education.
national conference on sleep apnea
“The trucking industry continues to
and commercial motor vehicle drivers,
grapple with the tough questions and
the federation announced last week.
issues surrounding screening and
The conference will be held on May 12
treatment for sleep apnea,” said Dave
at the Westin Baltimore Washington
Osiecki, ATA vice president of safety,
Hotel at the Baltimore-Washington
security and operations.
International Airport in suburban
“This even is a significant step
Baltimore.
forward and we encourage industry
Obstructive sleep apnea blocks a
stakeholder to participate,” Osiecki
person’s airway while sleeping, can
said.
frequently interrupt breathing and can
A representative from the Owner-
make for wakeful nights and drowsy
Health Administration (OSHA) in
Operator Independent Drivers
daytimes.
response to the agency’s proposed
Association will take part in panel
revision to its hazard communication
OSA is of increasing concern in the
discussions during the conference.
(hazcom) standard.
trucking industry because recent
Other participants include the National
studies have linked accidents to
In its proposal, OSHA solicited public
Transportation Safety Board. Keynote
fatigue in drivers who suffer from the
comment on the adopting elements
speaker at the event will be NTSB
condition.
of the Globally Harmonized System
Chairwoman Deborah Hersman.
of Classification and Labeling of
“It is important that the trucking
Schneider Nation Inc., which ranks No.
Chemicals (GHS) within the context
industry actively engages in improving
9 on the TRANSPORT TOPICS 100
of its hazcom standard. The biggest
the quality of life and the performance
list of the largest U.S. and Canadian
impact of the revised standard for
of our drivers,” said ATA President Bill
for-hire carriers, is also participating in
trucking may be in the cost to provide
Graves.
the conference.
training on the new standard.
“Professional truck drivers play a vital
A goal of the event is to “provide
If finalized as proposed, trucking
role in delivering our nation’s freight,”
a common understanding of OSA
personnel would have to be trained
Graves said in an ATA press release
diagnosis and treatment,” ASAA
on the Department of Transportation’s
announcing the co-sponsorship.
Executive Director Edward Grandi
(DOT) hazardous materials regulations
and trained on modifications to the
The American Sleep Apnea
said in an announcement about the
hazcom standard for purposes of
Association will host the conference.
conference.
implementing the proposed GHS
Other goals for the meeting are
classification system.
to “clarify current and proposed
regulations, create a forum of expert to
ATA noted that, unlike a typical
“Professional
generate guidance for improvements
stationary workplace that may use a
and provide trucking management
handful of the same chemicals over
truck drivers
attendees with a resource toolkit to
a given year, carriers cannot predict
improve employee health and safety,”
which chemicals they will handle at
play a vital role
Grandi said.
any given time. Subsequently, carrier
employees may require significantly
According to Grandi’s group, OSA
more training than other industries’
in delivering afflicts at least 20 million American’s,
employees at a greater cost. ATA also
but more than 85% of them are
requested that OSHA work with DOT
our nation’s
undiagnosed.
to address the issue of constructive
knowledge for shipments that are not
freight”
ATA Comments On OSHA’s
regulated under DOT’s hazardous
–Bill Graves,
Proposal To Revise Hazard
materials regulations, but that would
require GHS labels under OSHA’s
Communication Standard regulations.
ATA
On Dec. 23, 2009, American Trucking Contact: Christie Cullinan at ccullinan@
Associations (ATA) filed comments trucking.org or Rich Moskowitz at
with the Occupational Safety and rmoskowitz@trucking.org.
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