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Volume 144
November 2, 2015
OSHA Extends PSM Enforcement Period for Retailers
We are pleased to announce that OSHA recently responded to our request and extended the period when the agency will exercise discretion and not enforce the PSM requirements at retail agricultural facilities. OSHA plans to extend the period of enforcement discretion by six months to July 22, 2016. Click here to review the extension from OSHA. TFI and ARA have indicated they will continue to press for additional time beyond July 22, 2016.
New MyPSM+RMP Tools Launched
The new MyPSM+RMP tools to help our clients comply with the new Process Safety Management (PSM) standard were launched on October 15th as planned. The recent loss of the retail exemption will cause the typical retail facility to develop a PSM program and upgrade their RMP to a program level 3. Efforts now turn to proofing and making final revisions to the Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and wrapping up the MyPSM+RMP Workshops: A to Z. OSHA is expected to provide a letter of support for the new MyPSM+RMP tools.
PSM: Start Early
With tools now available, and the PSM workshops on "how to develop your program" completed, it comes down to rolling up your sleeves and getting started - as soon as possible. Even with the additional six months it will be extremely difficult for our typical retail location to develop their PSM program and come into compliance by the new July 22, 2016 deadline. As a reminder, please make note of the following deadline dates:
Annual Compliance Visits must be completed by December 31, 2015
RMP-3 Upgrade Data must be submitted to Asmark Institute by March 1, 2016
We recommend all P&ID Proofs be reviewed and returned in the next thirty days.
Note: The Asmark Institute has exhausted every resource to equip our clients with the very best industry standard tools and information to begin developing their PSM programs in a timely manner. Don't delay in getting started. With our rollout complete, we turn our attention to providing guidance, manning the helpdesk and working towards upgrading RMPs to program level 3. Dustin Warder is our lead on PSM/RMP and can be contacted at 270-926-4600, Ext 203. Customer Service has also been trained on navigating the new MyPSM+RMP tools and they can be reached by calling Extension 506.
Asmark Institute Participates in 36th Annual "Out of Focus" Conference
The 36th Annual State and Regional Agribusiness Association "Out-of-Focus" Conference met in Jekyll Island, Georgia, bringing together state, regional and national organizations that represent agribusinesses across the nation. Asmark Institute staff Brian Mason and Donna Jones were in attendance, presenting the new "Passports" webpage designed to help support our affiliated State Agribusiness associations in providing our comprehensive offering of compliance services and products. The program covered a wide range of association and industry concerns ranging from association management (member surveys, leadership transitions, etc.) and agricultural issues such as spray drift, social media outreach and precision agriculture. The group was pleased to be joined by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black during lunch on Tuesday. We appreciate our relationship with the affiliated State Agribusiness associations and look forward to working with them in the future.
PACE Advisory Council Meets in Chicago
You've no doubt seen CropLife Magazine's PACE content sections over the years, that advances safety and stewardship for retail dealers, advancing industry professionalism, profitability and progressive ideas. Amber Duke was one of 21 industry participants joined by a host of Meister Media folks at the PACE Advisory Council meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting was the 21st annual gathering of the group and included insight on the current commodity price headwinds, technology adoption pace and the long term viability of our industry. Thanks to Eric Sfiligoj and Paul Schrimpf who help make this industry round-table possible each year.
Positive Train Control Extension Approved
President Obama has signed H.R. 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015 into law, extending surface transportation programs through November 20th. This includes the long-term extension of the deadline sought by industry advocates such as The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on freight and passenger trains. The PTC deadline has been extended through 2018, with a provisional two-year extension possible if certain benchmarks are met. Railroads must have the hardware in place by the end of 2018, but can request more time (no more than two years) to ensure the equipment works. TFI, ARA and others in the agriculture community, spent countless hours in meetings and outreach. It was a collaborative effort and tremendously effective in making sure that agriculture's voice was heard.
WOTUS Rule Halted
On October 6th, a judge halted the government's enforcement of EPA's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule until certain procedural challenges are decided. This ruling extends nationwide an August ruling by another court that halted enforcement in 13 states. This temporary ban on enforcement could last several years as the lawsuits wind their way through the court system.
PSM: Special Report Available for Ag Retailers
Process Safety Management (PSM) has been a popular topic since OSHA's announcement on July 22nd rescinding the retail exemption. The tools necessary to help retailers comply with PSM and upgrade their Risk Management Programs from Level 2 to Level 3 were recently launched meaning it is time to get busy. If you haven't read Process Safety Management (PSM) for Ag Retailers, we recommend you do so today.
Major Suppliers Endorse ResponsibleAg's Mission
H.J. Baker recently signed onto an open letter to the fertilizer industry endorsing ResponsibleAg's mission and calling on others to voluntarily participate. ResponsibleAg promotes the safe storage and handling of fertilizers as well as audits facilities to help them achieve and maintain compliance with federal environmental, health, safety and security laws and regulations. In the letter H.J. Baker CEO Christopher Smith signed, it stated: "the public expects all members of the plant nutrient chain to take the steps reasonably necessary to help assure that the products they produce and distribute are handled and stored in accordance with Federal rules and regulations. As such, we explicitly endorse the ResponsibleAg program created under the leadership of both the Agriculture Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute."
ResponsibleAg Registration: It's time to register!
The explosion of the West, Texas retail facility in April 2013 marked a low point in the public and regulatory agencies perception of the fertilizer industry. The industry was criticized for not having an organized effort to assist retail dealers in understanding and complying with existing federal regulations. Help is in place now. We highly recommend you register and participate in ResponsibleAg. For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org
Become a ResponsibleAg Auditor or Attend to Learn More....
More than 100 people have already participated in the training, with more than 84 choosing to become credentialed by ResponsibleAg. We are seeing several organizations credential one or more of their employees to perform their own audits. Many others are signing up for the training to become contract auditors or to learn firsthand about ResponsibleAg - they want to see how it works - so they will be ready for their audit. To become a ResponsibleAg auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration is open and the next class will be offered on November 17-20th. Click here to register.
OSHA's Top 10 Violations for 2015
An annual tradition at the National Safety Congress is OSHA's announcement of the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the fiscal year and 2015 was no different. National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman says, "The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence."
The Top 10 with regulation reference and number of citations for FY 2015 are:
1.
29 CFR 1926.501
6,721 - Fall Protection
2.
29 CFR 1910.1200
5,192 - Hazard Communication
3.
29 CFR 1926.451
4,295 - Scaffolding
4.
29 CFR 1910.134
3,305 - Respiratory Protection
5.
29 CFR 1910.147
3,002 - Lockout/Tagout
6.
29 CFR 1910.178
2,760 - Powered Industrial Trucks
7.
29 CFR 1926.1053
2,489 - Ladders
8.
29 CFR 1910.305
2,404 - Electrical - Wiring Methods
9.
29 CFR 1910.212
2,295 - Machine Guarding
10.
29 CFR 1910.303
1,973 - Electrial - General Requirements
ResponsibleAg's Top 25 Audit Issues
More than 400 ResponsibleAg audits have been completed this year, with 66 locations already becoming certified under the new program. On average, the typical facility discovers 32 issues that need attention. One facility out of every four discovers they have missed one of the ten "Significant Issues" identified by ResponsibleAg as needing immediate attention. Here is the list of the Top 25 issues discovered:
1.
Lockout/Tagout, Annual Review of Program
2.
Training, Oxygen & Acetylene
3.
Spare Fuses, DOT
4.
Lockout/Tagout Program
5.
Safety Shower/Eye Wash Maintenance
6.
Guarding and Clearances, Grinders
7.
SDS, Available Upon Request Sign
8.
Hearing Conservation Program
9.
Confined Space Entry Annual Review
10.
Training, Drug & Alcohol for Supervisors
11.
Training, Security In-Depth (DOT)
12.
Gas, Portable Containers
13.
Markings, NFPA 704 Markings on Fuel Tanks
14.
Labeling of Containers, Hazard Communication
15.
Workplace Hazard Assessment
16.
Bloodborne Pathogens Program
17.
Forklift, PIT Inspection & Maintenance
18.
Confined Spaces Labeled
19.
Visibility of Workers
20.
Sign, Pesticide Storage Area
21.
Backflow Prevention, Inspection of RPZ Valve
22.
Welding Screens
23.
Confined Space Entry Program
24.
Sign, No Smoking (Battery Charging Area)
25.
First Aid Kit
OSHA Announces New System for Complex, Time-consuming Inspections
OSHA has moved to a new enforcement weighting system that assigns greater value to complex inspections that require more time and resources. The new system will allow for more strategic planning and measurement of inspections, and ensure that all workers are equally protected, regardless of the industry they work in. The system assigns "Enforcement Units" to each inspection. Routine inspections count as one unit, while those requiring greater resources - such as those involving musculoskeletal disorders, chemical exposures, workplace violence and process safety management violations - count as up to nine units. The values are based on historical data and will be monitored and adjusted as necessary. OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels announced the change at the National Safety Council conference. "All inspections aren't equal - some are complex and require more time and resources - and many of those inspections have the greatest impact," he said. "This new system will help us better focus our resources on more meaningful inspections."
Agrium Issues Warning About Anhydrous Ammonia Connections
Agrium Inc. recently sent a notice to customers warning against the use of Teflon / Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or any tape, as a thread sealant for connection directly to an Agrium anhydrous ammonia rail car. "The use of tape as a thread sealant on Agrium's anhydrous ammonia rail car valves has resulted in residual tape being found to impede the proper sealing of angle and/or check valves," the notice said. "Tape becomes caught between the valve seating surface and the housing mechanism, resulting in the potential improper closure of the valve. This condition has become more of a concern since Agrium's installation of shear-off valves on railcars." Agrium recommended the use of semi-fluid thread sealing compounds, also known as "pipe dope," as a suitable alternative, noting that these products "will eliminate the risk" of valve failure due to obstruction. "Customers are required to ensure that a rail car is safe for transport prior to offering the car to a carrier," Agrium said. "Ensuring that rail cars are properly secured promotes safety and provides for both Agrium and its customers a regulatory compliant means for transporting products."
New ERG Coming in 2016
The familiar little orange guidebook, originally developed for emergency responders, has become a basic staple of compliance for anyone transporting hazardous materials. Our partners at J.J. Keller & Associates notified us recently the guidebooks will be updated and published with a 2016 date. We pre-ordered a truck load to get the very best pricing and will take orders during the annual compliance visit. We are happy to announce the prices will remain the same as they were back in 2012: $1.25
ACA Health Overhaul CO-OPs Bad News for Taxpayers
Health Republic Insurance of New York, a taxpayer-funded Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), just announced that it's going under. The CO-OP has lost over $130 million in taxpayer money and will end coverage for more than 200,000 members. It's the fourth - and largest of the Affordable Care Act's 23 co-ops to fail. More CO-OPs will probably soon follow suit. As they collapse, they'll leave hundreds of thousands of customers scrambling to find health insurance. But the real losers will be taxpayers, as these CO-OPs have wasted billions of federal dollars. Health care CO-OPs grew out of the Affordable Care Act. New York's CO-OP is hardly unique. Last year, 22 of 23 CO-OPs lost money. The average CO-OP is paying out $117 in claims for every $100 in premiums it takes in.
2015 International Roadcheck Results Released
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently released the results of its annual safety and enforcement outreach event, International Roadcheck. CVSA inspectors carried out 69,472 inspections across North America, 44,989 of which were North American Standard Level 1 Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. These inspections found 1,623 or 3.6 percent of drivers and 9,732 or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service (OOS) violations, which are the lowest OOS levels for which CVSA has data, back to 1991.
A Level 1 Inspection consists of 37 items that examine the driver's record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Items checked include driver's license, endorsements, seat belt usage, alcohol and/or drug use, brakes, cargo securement, coupling devices, lights, tires, steering, emergency exists and electric systems. Other inspections conducted during this year's event included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only and Level V vehicle-only inspections.
During each year's event, there is a special emphasis on a category of violations. Cargo securement was this year's emphasis. Inspectors issued 2,439 violations for this category. The leading violations, by number of violations issued, were: (1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; (2) failure to secure truck equipment; (3) damaged tie downs; (4) insufficient tie downs; and (5) loose tie downs.
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.
OSHA Extends PSM Enforcement Period for Retailers
We are pleased to announce that OSHA recently responded to our request and extended the period when the agency will exercise discretion and not enforce the PSM requirements at retail agricultural facilities. OSHA plans to extend the period of enforcement discretion by six months to July 22, 2016. Click here to review the extension from OSHA. TFI and ARA have indicated they will continue to press for additional time beyond July 22, 2016.
New MyPSM+RMP Tools Launched
The new MyPSM+RMP tools to help our clients comply with the new Process Safety Management (PSM) standard were launched on October 15th as planned. The recent loss of the retail exemption will cause the typical retail facility to develop a PSM program and upgrade their RMP to a program level 3. Efforts now turn to proofing and making final revisions to the Process & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID) and wrapping up the MyPSM+RMP Workshops: A to Z. OSHA is expected to provide a letter of support for the new MyPSM+RMP tools.
PSM: Start Early
With tools now available, and the PSM workshops on "how to develop your program" completed, it comes down to rolling up your sleeves and getting started - as soon as possible. Even with the additional six months it will be extremely difficult for our typical retail location to develop their PSM program and come into compliance by the new July 22, 2016 deadline. As a reminder, please make note of the following deadline dates:
Annual Compliance Visits must be completed by December 31, 2015
RMP-3 Upgrade Data must be submitted to Asmark Institute by March 1, 2016
We recommend all P&ID Proofs be reviewed and returned in the next thirty days.
Note: The Asmark Institute has exhausted every resource to equip our clients with the very best industry standard tools and information to begin developing their PSM programs in a timely manner. Don't delay in getting started. With our rollout complete, we turn our attention to providing guidance, manning the helpdesk and working towards upgrading RMPs to program level 3. Dustin Warder is our lead on PSM/RMP and can be contacted at 270-926-4600, Ext 203. Customer Service has also been trained on navigating the new MyPSM+RMP tools and they can be reached by calling Extension 506.
Asmark Institute Participates in 36th Annual "Out of Focus" Conference
The 36th Annual State and Regional Agribusiness Association "Out-of-Focus" Conference met in Jekyll Island, Georgia, bringing together state, regional and national organizations that represent agribusinesses across the nation. Asmark Institute staff Brian Mason and Donna Jones were in attendance, presenting the new "Passports" webpage designed to help support our affiliated State Agribusiness associations in providing our comprehensive offering of compliance services and products. The program covered a wide range of association and industry concerns ranging from association management (member surveys, leadership transitions, etc.) and agricultural issues such as spray drift, social media outreach and precision agriculture. The group was pleased to be joined by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black during lunch on Tuesday. We appreciate our relationship with the affiliated State Agribusiness associations and look forward to working with them in the future.
PACE Advisory Council Meets in Chicago
You've no doubt seen CropLife Magazine's PACE content sections over the years, that advances safety and stewardship for retail dealers, advancing industry professionalism, profitability and progressive ideas. Amber Duke was one of 21 industry participants joined by a host of Meister Media folks at the PACE Advisory Council meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting was the 21st annual gathering of the group and included insight on the current commodity price headwinds, technology adoption pace and the long term viability of our industry. Thanks to Eric Sfiligoj and Paul Schrimpf who help make this industry round-table possible each year.
Positive Train Control Extension Approved
President Obama has signed H.R. 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015 into law, extending surface transportation programs through November 20th. This includes the long-term extension of the deadline sought by industry advocates such as The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) for the installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on freight and passenger trains. The PTC deadline has been extended through 2018, with a provisional two-year extension possible if certain benchmarks are met. Railroads must have the hardware in place by the end of 2018, but can request more time (no more than two years) to ensure the equipment works. TFI, ARA and others in the agriculture community, spent countless hours in meetings and outreach. It was a collaborative effort and tremendously effective in making sure that agriculture's voice was heard.
WOTUS Rule Halted
On October 6th, a judge halted the government's enforcement of EPA's Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule until certain procedural challenges are decided. This ruling extends nationwide an August ruling by another court that halted enforcement in 13 states. This temporary ban on enforcement could last several years as the lawsuits wind their way through the court system.
PSM: Special Report Available for Ag Retailers
Process Safety Management (PSM) has been a popular topic since OSHA's announcement on July 22nd rescinding the retail exemption. The tools necessary to help retailers comply with PSM and upgrade their Risk Management Programs from Level 2 to Level 3 were recently launched meaning it is time to get busy. If you haven't read Process Safety Management (PSM) for Ag Retailers, we recommend you do so today.
Major Suppliers Endorse ResponsibleAg's Mission
H.J. Baker recently signed onto an open letter to the fertilizer industry endorsing ResponsibleAg's mission and calling on others to voluntarily participate. ResponsibleAg promotes the safe storage and handling of fertilizers as well as audits facilities to help them achieve and maintain compliance with federal environmental, health, safety and security laws and regulations. In the letter H.J. Baker CEO Christopher Smith signed, it stated: "the public expects all members of the plant nutrient chain to take the steps reasonably necessary to help assure that the products they produce and distribute are handled and stored in accordance with Federal rules and regulations. As such, we explicitly endorse the ResponsibleAg program created under the leadership of both the Agriculture Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute."
ResponsibleAg Registration: It's time to register!
The explosion of the West, Texas retail facility in April 2013 marked a low point in the public and regulatory agencies perception of the fertilizer industry. The industry was criticized for not having an organized effort to assist retail dealers in understanding and complying with existing federal regulations. Help is in place now. We highly recommend you register and participate in ResponsibleAg. For more information and to register, go to: www.responsibleag.org
Become a ResponsibleAg Auditor or Attend to Learn More....
More than 100 people have already participated in the training, with more than 84 choosing to become credentialed by ResponsibleAg. We are seeing several organizations credential one or more of their employees to perform their own audits. Many others are signing up for the training to become contract auditors or to learn firsthand about ResponsibleAg - they want to see how it works - so they will be ready for their audit. To become a ResponsibleAg auditor, the first step is to attend the training. Registration is open and the next class will be offered on November 17-20th. Click here to register.
OSHA's Top 10 Violations for 2015
An annual tradition at the National Safety Congress is OSHA's announcement of the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for the fiscal year and 2015 was no different. National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman says, "The OSHA Top 10 list is a roadmap that identifies the hazards you want to avoid on the journey to safety excellence."
The Top 10 with regulation reference and number of citations for FY 2015 are:
1.
29 CFR 1926.501
6,721 - Fall Protection
2.
29 CFR 1910.1200
5,192 - Hazard Communication
3.
29 CFR 1926.451
4,295 - Scaffolding
4.
29 CFR 1910.134
3,305 - Respiratory Protection
5.
29 CFR 1910.147
3,002 - Lockout/Tagout
6.
29 CFR 1910.178
2,760 - Powered Industrial Trucks
7.
29 CFR 1926.1053
2,489 - Ladders
8.
29 CFR 1910.305
2,404 - Electrical - Wiring Methods
9.
29 CFR 1910.212
2,295 - Machine Guarding
10.
29 CFR 1910.303
1,973 - Electrial - General Requirements
ResponsibleAg's Top 25 Audit Issues
More than 400 ResponsibleAg audits have been completed this year, with 66 locations already becoming certified under the new program. On average, the typical facility discovers 32 issues that need attention. One facility out of every four discovers they have missed one of the ten "Significant Issues" identified by ResponsibleAg as needing immediate attention. Here is the list of the Top 25 issues discovered:
1.
Lockout/Tagout, Annual Review of Program
2.
Training, Oxygen & Acetylene
3.
Spare Fuses, DOT
4.
Lockout/Tagout Program
5.
Safety Shower/Eye Wash Maintenance
6.
Guarding and Clearances, Grinders
7.
SDS, Available Upon Request Sign
8.
Hearing Conservation Program
9.
Confined Space Entry Annual Review
10.
Training, Drug & Alcohol for Supervisors
11.
Training, Security In-Depth (DOT)
12.
Gas, Portable Containers
13.
Markings, NFPA 704 Markings on Fuel Tanks
14.
Labeling of Containers, Hazard Communication
15.
Workplace Hazard Assessment
16.
Bloodborne Pathogens Program
17.
Forklift, PIT Inspection & Maintenance
18.
Confined Spaces Labeled
19.
Visibility of Workers
20.
Sign, Pesticide Storage Area
21.
Backflow Prevention, Inspection of RPZ Valve
22.
Welding Screens
23.
Confined Space Entry Program
24.
Sign, No Smoking (Battery Charging Area)
25.
First Aid Kit
OSHA Announces New System for Complex, Time-consuming Inspections
OSHA has moved to a new enforcement weighting system that assigns greater value to complex inspections that require more time and resources. The new system will allow for more strategic planning and measurement of inspections, and ensure that all workers are equally protected, regardless of the industry they work in. The system assigns "Enforcement Units" to each inspection. Routine inspections count as one unit, while those requiring greater resources - such as those involving musculoskeletal disorders, chemical exposures, workplace violence and process safety management violations - count as up to nine units. The values are based on historical data and will be monitored and adjusted as necessary. OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels announced the change at the National Safety Council conference. "All inspections aren't equal - some are complex and require more time and resources - and many of those inspections have the greatest impact," he said. "This new system will help us better focus our resources on more meaningful inspections."
Agrium Issues Warning About Anhydrous Ammonia Connections
Agrium Inc. recently sent a notice to customers warning against the use of Teflon / Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), or any tape, as a thread sealant for connection directly to an Agrium anhydrous ammonia rail car. "The use of tape as a thread sealant on Agrium's anhydrous ammonia rail car valves has resulted in residual tape being found to impede the proper sealing of angle and/or check valves," the notice said. "Tape becomes caught between the valve seating surface and the housing mechanism, resulting in the potential improper closure of the valve. This condition has become more of a concern since Agrium's installation of shear-off valves on railcars." Agrium recommended the use of semi-fluid thread sealing compounds, also known as "pipe dope," as a suitable alternative, noting that these products "will eliminate the risk" of valve failure due to obstruction. "Customers are required to ensure that a rail car is safe for transport prior to offering the car to a carrier," Agrium said. "Ensuring that rail cars are properly secured promotes safety and provides for both Agrium and its customers a regulatory compliant means for transporting products."
New ERG Coming in 2016
The familiar little orange guidebook, originally developed for emergency responders, has become a basic staple of compliance for anyone transporting hazardous materials. Our partners at J.J. Keller & Associates notified us recently the guidebooks will be updated and published with a 2016 date. We pre-ordered a truck load to get the very best pricing and will take orders during the annual compliance visit. We are happy to announce the prices will remain the same as they were back in 2012: $1.25
ACA Health Overhaul CO-OPs Bad News for Taxpayers
Health Republic Insurance of New York, a taxpayer-funded Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), just announced that it's going under. The CO-OP has lost over $130 million in taxpayer money and will end coverage for more than 200,000 members. It's the fourth - and largest of the Affordable Care Act's 23 co-ops to fail. More CO-OPs will probably soon follow suit. As they collapse, they'll leave hundreds of thousands of customers scrambling to find health insurance. But the real losers will be taxpayers, as these CO-OPs have wasted billions of federal dollars. Health care CO-OPs grew out of the Affordable Care Act. New York's CO-OP is hardly unique. Last year, 22 of 23 CO-OPs lost money. The average CO-OP is paying out $117 in claims for every $100 in premiums it takes in.
2015 International Roadcheck Results Released
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently released the results of its annual safety and enforcement outreach event, International Roadcheck. CVSA inspectors carried out 69,472 inspections across North America, 44,989 of which were North American Standard Level 1 Inspections, which is the most thorough roadside inspection. These inspections found 1,623 or 3.6 percent of drivers and 9,732 or 21.6 percent of vehicles with out-of-service (OOS) violations, which are the lowest OOS levels for which CVSA has data, back to 1991.
A Level 1 Inspection consists of 37 items that examine the driver's record of duty status and the safety of the vehicle. Items checked include driver's license, endorsements, seat belt usage, alcohol and/or drug use, brakes, cargo securement, coupling devices, lights, tires, steering, emergency exists and electric systems. Other inspections conducted during this year's event included Level II walk-around, Level III driver-only and Level V vehicle-only inspections.
During each year's event, there is a special emphasis on a category of violations. Cargo securement was this year's emphasis. Inspectors issued 2,439 violations for this category. The leading violations, by number of violations issued, were: (1) failure to prevent shifting/loss of load; (2) failure to secure truck equipment; (3) damaged tie downs; (4) insufficient tie downs; and (5) loose tie downs.
2015 Asmark Institute, Inc. This information is believed to be reliable by the Asmark Institute, however, because of constantly changing government regulations, interpretations and applicability or the possibility of human, mechanical or computer error, the Asmark Institute does not guarantee the information as suitable for any particular purpose.