Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight Dec 18, 2019

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WEEKLY EDITION DECEMBER 18, 2019 Fleet Safety Programs for Portable Sanitation Operations By Karleen Kos, PSAI Executive Director…continued from page 1 With this kind of exposure resulting from work vehicle accidents, it only makes sense to do everything you can to minimize your company's driving risks and claims. Still, only 42.6% of companies with commercial vehicles mandate driver safety programs for the employees who drive their vehicles. 4 It is not clear how many companies with fleets on the road have or adhere to comprehensive fleet safety programs. No fleet safety data exists exclusively for portable sanitation companies. Anecdotally, there seems to be considerable variation in what companies in our industry require of their employees. Larger firms are more likely than smaller operations to have formal fleet safety programs. In between, companies may have some elements of a program, while others need far more attention. As with everything else, there is always a tug between winning business externally and tending to internal processes. Where the Rubber Meets the Road There are no guarantees that an accident will not happen. In fact, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are the first or second leading cause of work-related fatalities for every industry group. 5 Because the road is one of the most dangerous places for your employees, establishing a formal and ongoing program of screening, testing, inspection, and training is crucial. Portable sanitation companies should invest the time and resources into developing a formal fleet safety program. • A fleet safety program establishes the policies and procedures needed to help ensure a safe work environment for employees. • Safety programs can help protect against liability from vehicle accidents. • A safety program will give you, the employer, more options as you seek insurance coverage for your business. PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 4 Motus 2018 Driver Safety Risk Report, Motus.com 5 https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/motorvehicle/resources/crashdata/faces.html

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