General Session Presentations

In-Vehicle Technology: Managing Crash Risk Before the Crash Occurs

Dave Melton, CRSP, CDS - Director - Transportation Technical Consulting Services

In-vehicle technologies beyond the ubiquitous “black box” are becoming more prevalent in both heavy and light vehicles. The data generated by these technologies can be used to understand driver behaviors and measure the potential crash risk. Waiting for crashes or accidents to occur so you’ll have something to measure is not an effective risk management technique. Having but not using the data from these new technologies is worse than not having it at all! This session is the first step in changing our outlook from past to future when it comes to crash data.

How to Diagnose Fleet Safety Systems To Achieve - Genuine Involvement, Exemplary Compliance, and Sustained Loss Reduction

Mitchell Mitgang, CDS Assistant Director, GNY Technical Services - Casualty Risk Control, AON Risk Services

Socrates said, “Treatment without diagnosis is malpractice”. Too many companies treat fleet safety without diagnosis, which is why their goal of Zero Preventables is never achieved. This presentation will discuss how to diagnose your Company’s fleet safety program within the context of Management Systems for continuous improvement and achieving success to clearly defined measured results. Topics include: safety Responsibility, Accountability, Fleet Transportation Metrics (leading/lagging indicators), Recognition and How to Build a Culture of Safety. Attendees will be provided valuable practical insight and tools to get started on the road to exemplary compliance and zero preventable accidents.

Building Safety into Your Company's Retention Process

Truckload Carriers Association - Kevin Burch, President, Jet Express and Jeff Davis, VP HR, Jet Express

The “Churning” within the trucking industry may have declined most recently due to capacity issues, however, it still needs to be a “target of interest” in order to enhance your retention process within your company. How can you retain the “cream of the crop of the churners.”? When we hire a “churner”, and don’t immediately intervene with a retention plan, we just add to the churning. One untapped resource of intervention is the utilization of the safety process. A major reason truck crashes may be linked to “churning” is that we as an industry have failed to intervene with accountability with our safety programs. Learn what you can do to build safety as you retain your best employees.

Measuring Fleet Safety Effectiveness – Benchmarks: What Are The Leaders In Fleet Safety Doing? What Separates The Best From The Rest

Don Osterberg – VP Safety Driver Safety, Schneider National Greenbay; Phil Warren- VP Health and Safety, UPS Freight; and Charlie Halfen – Corporate Fleet Safety Manager, UPS (retired)

Participants in this session will gain an understanding of how leaders in fleet safety measure their fleet safety effectiveness and how they determined their metrics. In addition, panelists will describe how they compare their effectiveness to industry standards and benchmarks. Participants in this session will learn about: What types of benchmarks are used? What are the tools and strategies used for developing benchmarks? How do you determine which areas to benchmark?   Where do you go for external benchmarks to compare your effectiveness to industry peers?

RAPIDS: An Overview of New Technologies to Improve Transportation Safety

Jochen Teizer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

In this presentation, Dr. Jochen Teizer, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will provide a general overview of his research and current projects. One key part of Jochen Teizer's efforts concentrate on active safety in transportation and construction (rather than trusting passive safety tools, e.g. hardhats, gloves, and goggles) only. Mr. Teizer will also provide a description of current research projects and how this research will have direct application in Transportation Safety and specifically fleet safety. The presenter will then discuss what implications this research has for safety professionals in Transposition related fields and what they need to understand about implementing these new technologies both from the managing safety perspective and the human factors perspective.

Smart Vehicles and Other New Technologies : ITSA

Neil Shuster, President & CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America

The presentation will briefly review ITS developments, including policies, research, deployment and consumer products, then move on to a summary of the current landscape – federal programs that will bear fruit in the next few years, funding challenges and the opportunities in 2009 and beyond to attract new revenues to transportation, major policy initiatives by government and industry, and the promise for new technology.


Concurrent Session Descriptions

1a Current Issues and Best Practices Hazardous Materials Transportation Panel Discussion

Tom Lynch, VP and General Council, National Tank Truck Carriers, Inc.; Capt. Bruce Bugg, Special Projects Coordinator, Georgia Department of Public Safety; and Scott Mugno, Managing Director, Corporate Safety, Health and Fire Prevention, Fed Ex Express

In this panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to learn from industry leaders as they discuss best practices in Hazardous Materials Transportations. The panel will provide up to date information on how security related issues impacting SH&E professionals working in the transportation industry from both the private and public sectors, how SH&E professionals can most effectively implement compliance standards and state-of-the-art work practices, and the potential impacts of science and technology of transportation of hazardous materials.

1b How Transportation Companies Can be Good Corporate Citizens – Teen Driving Program

Charlie Halfen Corporate Fleet Safety Manager, UPS (retired)

Safety doesn’t end at the front gates. Corporations can use knowledge from lessons learned to positively impact their communities. Participants in the program can expect to gain tips and ideas for extending safety, growing corporate citizenship and developing partnerships.

1c ANSI/ASSE Z15.1 Panel Discussion

Carman Daecher - President, Daecher Consulting Group Inc. and Bill Hinderks , Senior Loss Prevention Specialist with Risk & Insurance Management Company (RIMCO)

The purpose of the Z15 Standard is to provide a guideline for the development of standards and management processes to control risk associated with the operation of motor vehicle fleets. This presentation will introduce the attendee to the Standard and how/why to apply it.

1d Event Recorders – Big Brother or Best Friend?

Mike Belcher, CSP, Director of Safety, DS Waters of America

Event recorder technology is readily available and more affordable than ever. In this session, we’ll discuss how one fleet operator successfully implemented event recorders as part of their overall fleet safety program. Topics include the following: Making the case internally, cultural considerations, deployment strategies and positioning the program for lasting success.

2a Blood Pressure DownShift Program: Improving Safety Through Health and Wellness

Michele L. Tokar, Senior Associate Director, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Michele Tokar will be discussing the “Blood Pressure DownShift™: CDL Holders Hypertension Management Program” developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The program supports employer’s efforts in educating employees on the DOT hypertension guidelines and to help commercial driver’s manage this important health issue. The more restrictive blood pressure requirements from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, effective September 2003, have given employers, labor unions, medical examiners and medical providers additional cause to address tighter blood pressure control, ultimately leading to a healthier workforce.

2b Driver Issues; Mitigating Risk and Improving Safety

Nadine Levick, CEO, Objective Safety

In this session, participants are introduced to identifying strategies and technologies that have been demonstrated to enhance transportation safety and driver performance including electronic driver monitoring and feedback technologies, driver selection processes, and policies and procedures for optimizing transportation

2c Are You Ready for DOT Compliance Review?

Alex Guariento, Safety Director, Greyhound Lines, Inc

What do you need to do to ensure that you are in DOT Compliance? This presentation provides an overview of the DOT inspection and audit process. Participants can expect to learn about what auditors look for and the necessary ingredients in a successful and effective compliance program. Mr. Guariento will share tricks of the trade and lessons learned.

2d Smith System Driver Safety Program – Five Keys

Jim Smith, Senior Vice President-Training, Smith System Driver Improvement Institute, Inc

Each day thousands of experienced licensed drivers are involved in traffic accidents. Annually MILLIONS of vehicles are involved and BILLIONS of dollars are spent on mistakes that could be controlled if drivers were trained to avoid accidents. Information delivered in this presentation will help you better understand why experienced drivers need training and typical training approaches. Also discussed in this presentation will be the Space & Visibility concepts that have helped fleets minimize their accident potential for more than 55 years.

3a Safety Training Redesign Program

Don Taylor District Health and Safety Manager, UPS

UPS recognizes that the demographics of its driver service provider population are changing. Specifically, its drivers are increasingly varied with respect to age, and younger workers require innovative instructional methods and technologies to support the generational differences. It is imperative that UPS respond to changes in technology, global competition and demographics through the evaluation of it's training materials and activities.

3b Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario - Emergency Preparedness: The Challenge of Managing Between Chaos and Order

Nadine Levick, CEO, Objective Safety and George Pearson, CSP, ARM, Corporate Health and Safety Manager, Suncom Wireless

Immediate and effective responses to emergency situation by employees at all levels are critical. This session will provide an overview of Emergency Preparedness from the Management perspective. Specifically, how can Safety Managers prepare all levels of employees from Senior Managers to Front Line employees to deal with emergencies in order to ensure that all employees know their roles and how to respond effectively? Additionally, an overview of how to prepare employees to understand about how different agencies will respond to different crises and how should they be prepared to interact effectively with first responders.

3c Preparing for the Worst Case Scenario - How to Handle Media at an Emergency

Your company trains employees at all levels to effectively respond during an emergency. But, what happens when the media gets involved and how should your employees be trained to handle the media. Employees at all levels need to know how to properly respond to questions, where to direct questions, what to say and know what not to say and why. Gain an understanding of systems you should have in place to manage the Communication process.

3d Improving Driver Safety Through Feedback

Larry Selditz, President, Road Safety International, Inc

Vehicle crashes are predictable and preventable. In this session you will learn how fleets of all sizes have deployed readily available and cost effective advanced technology to prevent such crashes. You will see how these systems can immediately improves driver safety and dramatically reduces fleet maintenance and operational costs. It’s like being able to sit next to your drivers every second they drive.