SafetyFirst was invited by the National Safety Council’s Utilities Division to make a presentation on the topic: “CSA, The Bookend BASICs, and Best Practices for Utility Fleet Safety“. This 90 minute presentation was well received by the division members, and we’re hopeful to participate again next year.
The Division meeting was conducted in Tucson, AZ amid high winds and dust storms. Despite the unusual weather the Division meeting covered a range of great safety topics from dealing with dog bite prevention to combustible dust, working from heights to dealing with prescription drug overdose and critical updates on regulations affecting utilities.
Representatives from many of our current clients participated in the meeting, and it was great to see them again (but away from their normal office environment).
To demonstrate our support of the group and their meeting, SafetyFirst sponsored the snacks and refreshments during breaks, and we raffled off a flat screen television which had been used to display our award winning, best in class remedial driver training modules (which clock in at under five minutes each in English and Spanish language versions).
The portions of the presentation dealing with driver selection, qualification and performance monitoring seemed to generate a lot of interest in our E-DriverFile program and it’s ability to pull diverse data from many traditional sources into a consolidated report about an individual driver.
Further, the entire group worked together using the FMCSA’s Safety Management Cycle to actually construct a distracted driving policy from “soup to nuts” during the presentation. These “hands-on” elements drew the audience into the discussion and provided practical take-aways for enhancing their existing programs.
The audience also found the new FMCSA BASIC support tools helpful, including the fact that how’s my driving hotlines (like our Safety Hotline – Driver Coaching program) are now recommended tools in the FMCSA toolkit for managing scores under CSA’s Unsafe Driving BASIC.
A copy of our presentation slides will be posted to our corporate website shortly, and a summary of the concept discussed in the presentation can be found here.
If you’re involved in electrical contracting or utility construction, you should investigate the National Safety Council’s Utility Division — they offer great support resources to help safety professionals manage the common risks associated with these particular exposures.