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Hare speaking at the 2013 ATA Conference


shortage is a topic that impacts safety, Hare added. “The national clearinghouse for


drug and alcohol testing, that’s a strong topic, and electronic logging devices even though we’ve been talking about it for years,” said Hare. “The ones that have installed and implemented them, we can see the benefits, but there are still those carriers out there that haven’t taken the jump. I’ve talked to many car- riers that have been borderline.” And when it comes to something


like electronic logging, she doesn’t just want to be pointing to a regulation book when trying to convince a driver or safety director it’s a good idea. She spent time with the folks installing them in CalArk’s trucks so she had a more complete picture of their imple- mentation. “I didn’t just learn the hours-of-


PHOTO: JON D. KENNEDY


service side, I can go by now and prob- ably install one in a tractor,” she said. “When I see something, I want to see every aspect of it. It may not be some- thing I touch, but when a driver calls me, I want to understand it. “I worked with our maintenance


“I DIDN’T JUST LEARN THE HOURS-OF-SERVICE SIDE,


I CAN GO BY NOW AND PROBABLY INSTALL ONE IN A TRACTOR. WHEN I SEE SOMETHING, I WANT TO SEE EVERY ASPECT OF IT. IT MAY NOT BE SOMETHING I


TOUCH, BUT WHEN A DRIVER CALLS ME, I WANT TO UNDERSTAND IT.”


—MALEA HARE,


DIRECTOR OF SAFETY, CALARK INTERNATIONAL


in high regard. Her primary goal is to make sure everyone is up to speed on new regulations, and to establish a net- work they can all call upon. “Some people may not have the


same resources as other people do,” she noted. “I really enjoy it, I respect it. I’ve had great feedback from meetings we’ve


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held. We’re all in it to make the high- ways safer.” Standout issues during her first


year have included the self-certification and medical certification require- ments that went into effect for drivers in January, and CSA will always be a big topic, she said. But even the driver


crew, I know the data links, a lot of stuff the safety person doesn’t have to know,” she said. “But to do the job the way I want to do it and be fulfilled, I have to know every aspect of the pro- gram.” That kind of dedication to detail


caught the attention of Don Holman, corporate director of transportation safety for Tyson Foods, while Hare was at Cobb-Vantress, and it left a good impression that he still carries. “It was just obvious at the time that


she was super intelligent, she under- stood process – which is key, in my mind – and it’s just kind of like she got it,” said Holman. “In a very short period of time, she understood what we were trying to do and how in the world we were going to get it done.” A past chairman of the Safety


Management Council himself, Holman has also been impressed by the work


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