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Ask the Safety Rep: How do drug testing changes affect employers?

On January 1, 2018, the final rule went into effect amending 49 CFR Part 40. The DOT announced several revisions, most notably the addition of hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone to its drug-testing panel, as well as methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte. The final rule also removed methylenedioxyethylamphetamine as a confirmatory test analyte.
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Elements of a Successful Safety Culture

Culture is a term used often when discussing organizational development, but what is it? Simply put, culture is the shared values and beliefs that govern how employees behave in an organization.
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How Leadership Can Help Prevent Rear-End Crashes

Many factors contribute to rear-end crashes and several involve the decisions made behind the wheel by drivers. These decisions include determining proper following distance, adjusting speed with road conditions, avoiding distractions, and reacting properly to hazards. But there are other factors outside the cab that can also contribute to rear-end crashes, and those serving in leadership roles for a motor carrier play a critical role in helping prevent this type of critical crash.
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Leadership's Role In Addressing Driver Distractions

Distractions, both inside the cab and out, are competing for the driver’s attention behind the wheel and increasing the risk of a crash. These distractions, in turn, expose motor carriers to potentially catastrophic losses involving personnel, equipment, revenue, and third-party liability claims. According to a 2015 survey by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), distractions are one of the top ten industry issues that concern motor carriers.
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Be a Mentor

There are many benefits to implementing a mentoring program in the workplace. No matter their role in the company, a mentoring program helps new employees gain an understanding of the organization's culture. It also provides a vehicle for sharing knowledge, reinforcing company practices and important "things to know:' Mentoring is credited with improving employee retention and may make your company more appealing to recruits.
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Why Front-Line Management Must Support Safety

Building an organizational culture that supports safety is no easy task. This is especially true in the trucking industry where there is little or no direct supervision or everyday personal contact with a significant portion of the work force. 
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