ATSSA – National Work Zone Awareness Week


Observed Across The Country

National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. Also, learn about Go Orange Day.

Go Orange Day 2017, Wednesday, April 5

All roadway safety professionals across the country are encouraged to wear orange to proudly show their support of work zone safety.

Go Orange Day and NWZAW is an important time to show your support of the roadway safety industry, especially to the families of victims who have lost their lives in work zones.

This year for Go Orange Day, ATSSA is expanding our focus to not only photos, but also videos. ATSSA wants to see videos of you or a group wearing orange and telling us why you support Go Orange Day and NWZAW, doing something fun, safe and creative.

Watch ATSSA’s video in support of Go Orange Day and NWZAW

Watch ATSSA’s Video

See ATSSA President and CEO Roger Wentz, CFO and COO Mitzi Osterhout, Vice President of Member Services Donna Clark, and Director of Communications James Baron support work zone safety awareness.

To show your support this year:

  • Script a great idea and produce a video (always remember: safety first), not to exceed 15 seconds
  • Post the video on Twitter and/or Facebook, tag ATSSA, and include the hashtag #Orangeforsafety
  • ATSSA may retweet/share your post
  • Also, retweet/share ATSSA’s posts to keep the word about work zone safety going

April Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held April 5, 2017 at NEIT, 2490 Post Road, Warwick, RI from 7:30 am – 10:15 am.

From Bob Kunz:

” Team, As you may be aware, the CPWR has developed the Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) training program.  The FSL program introduces safety leaders to 5 leadership skills and real-world scenarios.  Are leadership skills an innate characteristics or trained and practiced skill?  Before you answer that questions, answer this one:

Are you a supervisor?  If yes, how often are you satisfied with the outcome of the tasks that you assign – 25%, 50%, 75%, 90% of the time?  When you reflect upon those outcomes, what could you have done to improve the outcome?

Join team SAFER on April 5, 2017, and attend a 2-hour FSL to learn how to unlock the potential to move towards safe (and healthy), productive, quality driven outcomes.

Note: For FSL presentation material Information, visit this site: . Or, contact Keene State College OTI Ed Center about onsite FSL training – see:

Coffee and Calories sponsored by Concentra.

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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 :

Cargo securement tips: .