Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The National Safety Council has made training material available to employers for “Distracted Driving Awareness Month”.

Members of the National Safety Council get “Member Exclusive Content” beyond what is made available to the general public.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

  • Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and update social media while driving – all actions that are proven to increase crash risk. The National Safety Council observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month to draw attention to this epidemic. NSC wants empower you to put safety first and Just Drive.

    Resources to Share

    Create awareness in your workplace, your home or community bysharing the distracted driving message. NSC offers infographics, a poster, fact sheet and a number of social media-friendly graphics.

    Pledge to drive cell free. You can pledge to your children or other loved ones that you will be an attentive driver. Share your pledge on social media if you’d like.

    Resources for Employers

CVSA Roadcheck June 6-8, 2017

Thank you to Tom Carew of Ducci Electric for providing the information below regarding CVSA Roadcheck information for 2017 from MTAC:

CVSA Roadcheck June 6-8; Emphasis on cargo securement

From CVSA:

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 30th annual International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017. Over a 72-hour period, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and their drivers.

Each year, International Roadcheck places special emphasis on a category of violations. This year’s focus is cargo securement. While checking for compliance with safe cargo securement regulations is always part of roadside inspections, CVSA is highlighting cargo securement safety this year as a reminder of its importance to highway safety.

Inspectors will primarily be conducting the North American Standard Level I Inspection, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. It is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of both driver operating requirements and vehicle mechanical fitness. Drivers are required to provide items such as their driver’s license, hours-of-service documentation, motor carrier registration and shipping documentation, and inspectors will be checking drivers for seat belt usage and the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The vehicle inspection includes checking items such as the brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices (required lamps), steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, windshield wipers and emergency exits (on buses).

Learn more about International Roadcheck.


Review the following links to help make sure your fleet is ready.

Level 1 Inspection : http://cvsa.org/inspections/inspections/all-inspection-levels/

Cargo securement tips:  http://cvsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017-CargoSecurement-Flyer.pdf .


September’s Meeting Announcement

From Bob Kunz:


Are you ready for some SAFETY discussions?  It’s here, the 2016-17 SAFER seminar series.  In early August, while the rest of you were hard at play (or work), the steering committee worked diligently to develop an exciting series.

We hope that you can join us on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 7:30 am to 10:00 am to kick-off the series.  The program will focus upon Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Driver Fitness.  If your fleet operates a vehicle(s) with a GVWR of 10,001 or more lbs. you should plan to attend.  Our discussion leaders will be Lt. David Medeiros, RI State Police (retired) and Wayne Estes, Atmed Occupation Medicine.

Of course, there will be coffee and calories served.

Please RSVP to bkunz@dimeo.com .

January’s Meeting Announcement

From Bob Kunz:



Next Wednesday’s meeting announcement is below.  Following the meeting a FREE training opportunity.  We hope you can join us. Have a happy and healthy new year! NOTE:  Please RSVP to bkunz@dimeo.com for meeting and training.  Your RSVP for the training session will ensure that a meal is available.

January 6, 2016


8-10AM: TOPIC – Safety Climate/Culture and the ABCs of Drug Testing

Let’s bring the new year on a platform of transformational opportunity:

  1. 1. Leadership – The Center to Protect Workers Rights (CPWR) held a “Safety Culture and Climate in Construction…” workshop in 2013.  In my opinion, the recommendations and conclusions developed at the end the workshop offer a bridge between condition and behavior based safety.  The CPWR has developed an assessment tool for the construction industry – perhaps your firm will find it beneficial.
  2. Substance Abuse Testing – If your firm operates a heavy fleet, performs road construction in RI, or maintains a drug (and alcohol) free workplace program testing may be a part of the overall program.  The USDOT, State of RI, OSHA? for example set parameters for testing.    Did you know that OSHA views post-accident testing (not permitted in RI) as a potential violation of OSH Act Section 11 (c)? Are you familiar with these parameters?

SPONSOR: ATMED Occupational Medicine


11AM-1PM: TOPIC – USDOT Supervisor Training for Reasonable Suspicion Alcohol and Drugs

Does your firm have a drug and alcohol free workplace policy that includes reasonable suspicion testing? Does your firm have a fleet of vehicles with CDL drivers regulated by the USDOT?  If yes, plan on attending the second half of the Jan 2016 meeting.  Wayne Estes, PA-C, Director of Occupational Medicine at Atmed Occupational Medicine will be providing training as required under 49 CFR 382.603.

Note:  This presentation is being videotaped. Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver so that the material can be incorporated into a training presentation for Atmed and Dimeo.

Do you now the signs and symptoms of alcohol or substance abuse?  While you may not have professional responsibilities, do you have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, friends….? Do you think you would be better prepared to help someone if you could identify the signs or symptoms?  If yes, please consider attending.

If you are on the fence about the Reasonable Suspicion Alcohol and Drugs training please consider these articles:


NOTE:  Please RSVP to bkunz@dimeo.com for meeting and training.  Your RSVP for the training session will ensure that a meal is available.

SPONSORLunch provided by Dimeo Construction

Drive Safely Work Week

From the trafficsafety.org website:

This year marks the 19th year of the DSWW campaign sponsored annually by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS.)
We’re glad you’re here! Planning is critical to safe driving from many different perspectives. Whether thinking through the route you’ll take, arranging for a designated driver, prioritizing time to practice with a teen driver or helping a family member prepare for driving retirement, planning ahead is a key element of safe driving. These considerations and more are covered in this year’s campaign materials and we’re confident you’ll find them to be informative, practical and useful.

The 2015 DSWW campaign’s daily areas of emphasis will help to:

Remember to take time to plan the journey—even those trips that feel routine;
Prepare for driving situations that take you into unfamiliar areas;
Take precautions to ensure you’re driving with a clear head;
Learn to navigate the changes we all experience as we age and how they may affect driving; and
Think through ways to plan ahead for driving situations that involve family members.
Your participation in this campaign can make a big difference. In the U.S. alone, employers have the opportunity to directly reach more than half of the driving population—even more when information is extended to employee family and community members.

Thank you for downloading the 2015 DSWW campaign. Through our collective efforts, we can reduce the number of traffic crashes that impact our workforce, members of our families and the communities in which we work and live.

Wishing you safe travels,

Joe McKillips, CSP

Director, Global Commercial Environment, Health & Safety — Abbott
Chairperson, NETS

Drive Safely Work Week 2014

Thank you to Maryann for providing the following:

From Joseph McKillips, Chairperson, NETS Board of Directors:

“This year marks the 18th year of the DSWW campaign sponsored annually by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS.)

It is often said that a strong corporate or organizational safety culture is a journey, not a destination. With that in mind, this year’s DSWW campaign materials are designed to make the case for integrating elements of safe driving into an organization’s core safety culture. Nearly everyone drives—whether for work, commuting to and from work or tending to daily errands outside of work. Regardless of the reason for the trip, time spent behind the wheel is very likely the most dangerous part of an employee’s day.

If your safety programs don’t currently integrate policies, procedures, communication tools and/or practices related to safe driving for all employees, DSWW could be your opportunity to introduce these concepts. If you already have programs in place, it’s a great time to repeat, reinforce and maybe even rethink your safety communications as they relate to driving.

We invite you to share these materials with your organization’s executive leadership. Whether through video messages, town hall meetings or letters to employees, it is our hope they will consider getting involved and use the ideas in this year’s DSWW tool kit to emphasize the importance of road safety for all employees – during the campaign week, and throughout the year.

Thank you for downloading the Drive Safely Work Week tool kit. Working together, we can reduce the number of traffic crashes that impact our workforce, members of our families and the communities in which we all work and live.

Wishing you safe travels,

Joseph McKillips

Sr. Manager, Commercial Program Support, Global Environment, Health, and Safety
Chairperson, NETS Board of Directors”

Visit the website for more information….

Preventing Back-Over Injuries

 From Maryann:

Preventing Worker Injuries and Deaths from Backing Construction Vehicles and Equipment at Roadway Construction Worksites


Workers on roadway construction worksites are exposed to possible injury and death from moving construction vehicles and equipment [NIOSH 2001].

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that specific procedures and controls be in place at roadway construction worksites to help prevent injuries and deaths from backing construction vehicles and equipment.

Click her for the rest of the article.