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This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is drawing attention to the Safety Management Cycle (SMC) that helps identify and address safety and compliance issues related to the Hazardous Materials (HM) Compliance Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC).
The SMC for the HM BASIC suggests actions that carriers can take to identify the root cause of safety issues, establish and improve their safety management controls, and reduce or eliminate violations. For instance, new hire and refresher trainings are effective ways to communicate company policy and expectations about how to safely transport HM cargo. Also, implementing a disciplinary policy where high-consequence incidents result in stringent disciplinary action can help provide incentive to make every effort to follow company policy.
How does a company go about demonstrating that drivers are valued?
1. Leadership needs to establish a safety culture
If a company attempts to enforce compliance without adopting safety as a culture, it will eventually end in failure. Employees will readily recognize if their management and owners are committed to doing things safely or if they are just trying to minimally comply with regulatory requirements or evade detection.
Here are some suggestions for demonstrating your commitment to a safety culture: