OSHA Proposes Delay

Electronic Injury and Illness Reporting

OSHA says they need more time to review the electronic reporting law for questions on law and policy. The proposed delay would mean employers would now electronically report their 2016 injury and illness data by December 1st 2017 (previous scheduled for July 1st, 2017).

OSHA invites the public to comment on the proposed deadline extension electronically at WWW.REGULATIONS.GOV

The new rule (proposed for delay) requires certain employers (250+ Employees or 20+ Employees for certain high risk industries) to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. OSHA will provide a secure website that offers multiple options for data submission (manual entry, file upload, electronic data transmission).

The new rule was scheduled to be phased in over 2 years.

FMCSA 2017 Road Check

Notes from an Observer

I was honored this year to be involved with Road Check 2017 as an observer in Flagstaff through our association with Arizona Rock Products. Having been a driver myself for over twenty to years with FedEx Freight, I knew from a drivers perspective how I felt when getting pulled into an inspection. So it was interesting finding out from a DOT Enforcement officer’s perspective of how they felt, what was their point of emphasis and finally how do they normally approach the situation.

Road Check is an annual program that looks at drivers, paperwork and equipment for commercial motor vehicles. There are three separate levels of inspection depending primarily on the location. A level one inspection is an in-depth procedure covering a 37 step process, where as a level two and three subsequently cover different aspects of inspection.

Every year CVSA targets special safety aspects of a Commercial Motor Vehicle. This year’s focus was on cargo securement. Although cargo securement is a normal part of the inspection process, it was given specific emphasis this year due to the numerous safety violations DOT and the CVSA have seen over the past year. According to DOT/CVSA the leading cause for cargo securement violations are:

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Be Heard

Public Meeting – Sonoran Corridor

State and federal officials want to know what you think about a proposed Sonoran Corridor connecting Interstate 10 and Interstate 19 south of Tucson International Airport as they begin an anticipated three-year environmental study of the idea.

Next week, officials from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will host two public meetings to gather public input. The meetings are scheduled for

* Wednesday, June 7, at the Radisson Hotel Tucson Airport, 4550 S. Palo Verde Road, Tucson

* Thursday, June 8, at the Santa Cruz Valley United Methodist Church, 70 E. Sahuarita Road, Sahuarita

Both meetings will take place at 5:30 – 7 p.m., with a presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

The meetings are part of a public scoping process that allows the community the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments and concerns about potential locations for the proposed corridor as well as environmental considerations, impacts on wildlife habitat and cultural resources and other modes of transportation that may be considered.

Public comment also is welcome through July 15 in several ways:

* Online survey: azdot.gov/SonoranCorridor

* Email: Sonorancorridor@azdot.gov

* Toll-free bilingual information line: 855-712-8530

* Mail:

Sonoran Corridor Tier 1 EIS Study Team
c/o ADOT Communications
1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F
Phoenix, AZ 85007