Portable Sanitation Association International

Association Insight Dec 26, 2019

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PAGE 3 YEAR END EDITION DECEMBER 26, 2019 Implementing a Fleet Safety Program By Karleen Kos, PSAI Executive Director, continued from page 2 Implementing Your Program No matter how good your program is on paper, it will make little difference if it isn't effectively implemented. Below are action steps adapted from a resource provided by Capital Lease Group. 1. Start by Refining Your Driver Recruitment Process. Fleet safety starts at the source—meaning, the drivers that you hire at your company. When hiring and recruiting drivers, select your employees carefully; look into their history of motor vehicle violations, employment history, drug and alcohol violations, and perform other such background checks. See last week's Association Insight for an example of how to set up required driving criteria that can be used for screening applicants and making retention decisions. By screening out dangerous drivers or those with a history of accidents, you can enhance fleet safety, and make sure you hire drivers who take their road safety seriously. 2. Implement Mandatory, Regular Training for New and Existing Drivers. Most portable sanitation companies have their new drivers ride along with more seasoned people for the first several days or weeks. This is partially to train them on the job and partially to observe their driving habits. For an effective fleet safety program, take driver training further. New drivers must be trained on safety and driving best practices, perhaps driving certain courses and/or demonstrating techniques with various load levels before being allowed to drive routes alone. Veteran drivers should also be trained regularly, to refresh their memory and ensure that they adopt safe driving principles. This may seem excessive, but it's necessary to build a truly safety-focused culture at your company. 3. Monitor Driver Performance and Behavior. Today, it's easier and more affordable than ever to purchase and install GPS monitoring equipment, in-cab cameras, and other equipment on every vehicle in your fleet. Installing monitoring equipment helps you make sure your drivers are abiding by your guidelines for road safety, speed, and proper driver behavior—such as avoiding hard braking and acceleration, cornering too fast, and other dangerous habits. You can discuss these issues with drivers who are still not driving safely, coach them on ways to improve, and hold them accountable to make those improvements. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

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