2020 Health & Safety Summit Speakers

We hope you are as excited about next month’s 2020 Health & Safety Summit as we are!

Our President-Elect, Brandon Wiseman met with two presenters to get a preview of their presentations. Check out brief discussions with Nick Sexton talking about Data Analysis and Dr. Brandy Miller talking about Reducing Ergonomic Risk in the workplace.

Newly added interiew with Dr. Michele Hamm of Bridgewell Consulting on Employee Well Being and Safety: An Integrated Approach.

The latest interview/preview is with Kris Smith of GSC On Site Services, one of our Silver Sponsors! Kris will be speaking on Worker Fatigue as a factor in MSD, and Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries.

We’ll see you there for Safe Patrick’s Day!

The 2020 Arizona Distracted Driving Summit was a HUGE success!

The 2020 Annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit is over! Thank you to everyone that attended, helped volunteer part of their time, or spread word through social media. It was an AWESOME public service and GA event for the entire community.

Here are some facts about this year’s event:

  • We were able to specifically facilitate attendance of 5 different schools with nearly 200 kiddos… This does not even include all those kiddos and people which come to the capital for a visit and then come to engage at the Summit.
  • Of the 500 box lunches we provided we only have about 2 dozen left over…
  • We had more than 40 different vendor tables and activities
  • We had pre-summit coverage from several media partners including Hubbard Radio and IHeart Radio, Lamar Advertising, ABC 15 Arizona.
  • We had day of the event coverage from more than 12 different media outlets… links below.
  • We raised (and spent) more than $16,000, all used to facilitate the Drive Smart Arizona/ Annual Arizona Distracted Driving Summit message.
  • We provided “door prize to encourage public to remain including 2 NASCA Vintage Jackets and 4 Tickets to the spring 2020 NASCAR race at Phoenix Raceway.
  • We received our third Arizona Governors Proclamation for an Arizona Distracted Driving Awareness Week to coincide with the Summit.
  • We hosted a huge mock vehicle crash/rescue simulation at the “foot” of the Arizona State Capital.
  • We worked with three separate jurisdictions to shut down the entire road in front of the Capital for the event and restricted all vehicle traffic during the simulation.

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ANSI/SAIA Update A92.22-2018

ANSI in conjunction with the SAIA (Scaffold & Access Industry Association) recently updated their standard A92.22-2018. One of the biggest changes was the addition of this section/statement: “6.2.3 Supervisor Training – All personnel that directly supervise Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs) operators shall receive training. Users shall ensure personnel that directly supervise MEWP operators are trained as defined in ANSI A92.24 Section 7.5.” This is not only a best practice, but an industry recognized hazard that supervisors should at least have the same level of training as operators.

FMCSA Random D&A Testing Rates Increased for 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced in the Federal Register on December 27, 2019, that the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing will increase from 25% of the average number of driver positions to 50% of the average number of driver positions. This change, which becomes effective January 1, 2020, is pursuant to requirements found in 49 CFR 382.305. The minimum annual percentage rate for random alcohol testing will remain at 10%.

FMSCA regulations apply to any employees that operate (drives) a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) with a gross vehicle weight rating over 26,011 pounds, a vehicle designed to transport 16 or more occupants (including the driver), or any vehicle that is used in the transportation of hazardous materials that requires the vehicle to be placarded. FMSCA regulated employees need to be in compliance with the 2020 random drug and alcohol testing rates as of January 1, 2020.

View more details on the DOT website here.

AZASSP Executive of the Year Chosen!

The Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (AZASSP) is pleased to announce that Anita Helt, General Manager of ABC 15 News has been chosen as the 2019 Executive of the Year. The “Executive of the Year Award” is presented annually by the Arizona Chapter of ASSP to recognize anindividual who is not a safety practitioner, but who visibly and actively supports a culture of safety and health in Arizona.

View the award letter to Ms. Helt here!

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