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DOT CSA 101 Overview & Supervisors
CSA 101 Overview includes:
Intro to CSA, Who We Are, DOT Agencies, TLAs, MCS-150, CSA BASICs, Utilizing SMS, Why good scores are important, FMCSA in the news, Important Resources, How to use these resources to start your safety program, ‘The DOT Calls You’ and Compliance Review Prep, more resources and the BASICs’ names and violations review
The first portion is an overview of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and what you need to know to maintain compliance. We have condensed the most important performance measures you must make part of your company’s safety systems in order to be minimally compliant with the DOT regs. We will use a little-known tool – the MCS-150A – to illustrate your regulatory obligations. You will also be trained on the MCS-90, and what you need to do to safeguard your company’s safety record. We break down safety controls into the separate BASICs so you can focus the necessary attention and resources on each area, including Understanding Violations and Minimizing Fines. We also recommend the necessary support needed to ensure that you are DOT compliant. We help you to find services such as Ferguson Truck Center (https://fergusontruckcenter.com/houston-commercial-truck-repair/), which aids with DOT inspections, ensuring that your company’s regulation is up to date.
Load Securement/Maintenance Management includes:
Steps to Compliance (train drivers, train mgt, review paperwork), check your SMS scores for violations, required paperwork, & how to help drivers drive a safe load. Maintenance and Load Securement are two huge indicators of how well your drivers will do during a roadside inspection, so it is important to learn these techniques to help your drivers have success. You’ll also want to look into different types of ELD providers so your fleet’s trucks are in compliance to the new electronic logging regulations.
Supervisor Drug & Alcohol Training includes:
-Drugs and Controlled Substances Abuse & Symptoms, Alcohol Misuse & Symptoms, Types of Testing, Proper Notification, Paperwork, Refusal to Test, TPAs, Collection Site Security & Direct Observation, Case Studies
The main topics addressed in this DOT-mandated training (required per FMCSR §382.603) are random and reasonable suspicion drug testing, post-accident testing, and the evils of illegal drug use, unlawful use of prescription medicine and excessive alcohol use.
In addition to covering those topics, we also answer the most common questions and concerns about the Drug & Alcohol BASIC, like: Who gets tested? What should they be tested for? What is the allowable Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)? How do you recognize a driver who is impaired and what should you do? What are the rules for conducting a reasonable suspicion test? How should you handle a driver who self-reports? What should you do when one driver reports another? Can you afford to not know the answers?
Knowledge gained from this session will assist you in developing and maintaining your company’s drug and alcohol testing program, which is required for all companies with trucks greater than 26,000 GVWR (and certain HazMat, construction, maintenance, or repair vehicles). In addition to the required elements of the mandated Supervisor Drug & Alcohol training, we will address many lessons learned from safety managers, enforcement staff, and Drug & Alcohol treatment professionals.
Roadside Inspection Survival, Hours of Service, and Driver Qualification
The Roadside Inspection Survival Course covers:
Violations that come from Roadside Inspections, and The Most Commonly Affected BASICs during Roadside Inspections, including Unsafe Driving, Maintenance, Load Securement, Hours of Service, Driver’s Logs, Driver Qualification (med Cards, Licenses, etc.) Driver’s Logs, Crash Indicator, Distracted Driving\Cell Phones….
What is your first line of defense in DOT safety? Passing roadside inspections without violation is the first step toward keeping your safety scores low, and minimizing fines and interactions with the DOT.?This course covers the most-violated BASICs and regulations that are encountered during a roadside inspection. We always tell you that there are 16 ‘unpardonable sins’, but some of those sins can go unnoticed so long as you pass your roadside inspections without violations. The violations you can get from an inspection versus an ‘intervention’ or audit can be very different. Beef up your first line of defense by putting measures in place to correct violations that could be noticed during a roadside inspection, and you can help avoid an intervention down the road.?
The Hours of Service Workshop covers:
Hourly Rules, Exemptions, Local Driving, 7-day sheet, HOS Monitoring, Form & Manner, False Logs, Documents during Audit, Fines, EOBRs, Hours of Service Definition, Who is Your Adversary (Could it be you?), Falsification and Scheduling), “Driver Fatigue is the real safety issue”, 75% of Driver OOS Violations are HOS, Paperwork – reflective and truthful, On-duty vs. Off-duty
Fatigued Driving/ Hours of Service BASIC The number 1 rule for Hours of Service is to ensure your drivers are not fatigued. Be sure you oversee your scheduling function; you must not give a driver more work to do than can be legally done in a day by following the 4 cardinal rules of HOS compliance, which are as follows: The 11-hour rule; the 14-hour rule; the 60/70 – hour rule, and the document retention rule. These are explained fully, along with examples, discussion, exemptions, sample forms, and much more.
1. We will share with you a tried and proven way to manage driver logs and decrease violations in what can be the most frustrating BASIC.
2. We will teach you how to organize, audit, and perform QC checks on logs, as well as counsel and educate your drivers.
3. We will define a compliant driver log, show examples of log violations, and explain some tips and tricks for identifying violations when auditing.
4. We will answer the biggest questions in the industry regarding new electronic driver logging devices, the differences, pros, and cons for AOBRs, EOBRs, and other driver tracking software, and new regulations surrounding it.
5. We will discuss individual concerns and issues with attendees.
The Driver Qualification Workshop includes:
Driver Application (page by page), Common Violations, How to Avoid Violations, How to Use the Process to hire Safe Drivers, Safe\Compliant Drivers Equal Fewer Violations, Lower Scores, Lower Fines, & Less Accidents …including sample applications, documents, and best practices!
The number 1 rule in Driver Fitness is to actually make sure the driver is QUALIFIED to operate a CMV. Then, do the paperwork (a DOT-compliant Driver Qualification file) to PROVE that they are qualified. The real purpose is to develop a DQ process to avoid hiring bad drivers who don’t follow the rules. We cover the two main requirements that define a driver qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle and how to ensure they are both managed. We also define and describe the steps you are required to take to ensure all drivers are fit and qualified, with industry standard practices, and the new rules governing this process. Instruction covers the driver application, all required information and documentation, all information that must be verified, optional and recommended steps, and what to do when something goes wrong.
2-Day DOT Compliance Workshops
Who should attend: (but not limited to)
If you are new to the transportation industry. If you have taken a new position at your company that requires you to understand DOT Compliance and Fleet Safety. If you are in a compliance support position with a need to know. If you just need a refresher. Supervisors of Drivers, Lead Drivers, Drivers, Shipping Managers, Traffic Managers, Fleet Managers, Logistics Managers, Compliance Manager, Transportation Managers, Safety Directors, Safety Managers, Safety Engineering Managers, Vice President/General Managers, Presidents/Owners , Administrators, Human Resource Managers, and anyone else involved in the support/operations of motor vehicles.
DOT Compliance Help has had the chance to visit many different customers and present many seminars in the past 10 year in and around the Dallas TX area, to help motor carriers, construction companies, oil field services, manufacturers of many many types and so many more market segments understand the federal DOT Safety regulations, but Dallas has been the single best area for us. Several times each year, we have the chance to visit Dallas and the surrounding area to help people understand the legal requirements for companies that operate commercial motor vehicles, whether they stay in TX or operate in just one type business, or if they dispatch all over the US and do several different things. We always get a lot of interesting questions about oilfield exemptions, the difference between interstate and intrastate commerce, what exemptions are good only in TX vs. those you can carry with you into OK or NM. So whether your biggest concern is hours of service, driver fatigue, maintenance, drug & alcohol testing, or if you are not sure where to start, check our calendar because we are in Dallas on a regular basis.