OSHA Requests Information on the Powered Industrial Trucks Standard

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information as the Agency considers rulemaking to update the powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries. The standards became effective in 1971 and were based on industry consensus standards from 1969. Since then, national consensus standards have been updated several times.

OSHA is requesting information on the types, age, and usage of powered industrial trucks; maintenance and retrofitting; how to regulate older powered industrial trucks; types of accidents and injuries associated with operating these machines; costs and benefits of retrofitting the machines with safety features; and other components of a safety program.  OSHA will use the information received in response to this request to determine what action if any, it may take to reduce regulatory burdens and create jobs while improving worker safety.

Comments must be submitted on or before June 10, 2019. Comments and materials may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov,the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. 

Powered industrial trucks include forklifts, fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or an internal combustion engine. 

Under theOccupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Important – Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Coming January 2020

What is the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s
License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?
The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give
employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State
law enforcement personnel real-time access to important
information about CDL driver drug and alcohol program
violations, thereby enhancing safety on our Nation’s roadways.
An act of Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to
establish the Clearinghouse.

Honor a hero at TCA’s WAA Gala

honor a heroTCA
At this year’s Fifth Annual Wreaths Across America Gala, participate in a living tribute to a fallen soldier. With a $250 donation, attendees will receive a commemorative dog tag as well as one printed in memory of a fallen loved one who has served. The loved ones name will be read aloud at the Gala. Can’t attend the event? You can still participate. To learn more, or to make your donation, click “Read More.”

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2017 Quebec thaw period

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the 2017 thaw period dates in Québec are now confirmed for each of the three zones. Therefore, the 2017 thaw period for the three zones are the following (please note that these dates may change depending on the meteorological conditions):

Zone 1: Monday February 27th  – Friday April 28th

Zone 2: Monday March 6th – Friday May 5th

Zone 3: Monday March 13th – Friday May 12th