Looking for Educational Opportunities?
The Ohio Trucking Association is proud to announce the launch of the OTA Institute, which includes all of our traditional educational program as well as additional opportunities to be unveiled in 2019. This program aims to educate drivers, technicians, and company operations by providing industry-relevant training and educational opportunities regarding every aspect of running a trucking company, including: insurance; marketing; business development; and more. We encourage you to check back for new opportunities in 2019 and register for ones that have proven successful for our members in the past.
Driver Qualification Files
Do you have audit-proof driver qualification files? Are you up-to-date on all of the latest rule changes? Are you ready for an inspector to walk in you shop? No? Then don’t miss this opportunity to attend an informative Ohio Trucking Association, Safety Council “Ask the Expert” workshop!
- What should be included in a Driver Qualification File
- Areas of concern in an audit
- Consequences of missing information or mistakes during an audit
Handling Hazardous Materials
Be sure not to miss this comprehensive learning session focusing on the proper and legal handling of hazardous materials. The retention of course materials and completion of a brief written exam following the course will qualify as certification for hazmat handlers.
- How to Use the Hazardous Materials Regulation Manual
- Training Requirements
- Packaging Selection, Marketing, and Labeling
- Shipping Papers and Emergency Response Information
- Placarding Requirements
- Security Requirements
Hours of Service Training
This course will be an overview of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) property-carrying vehicles Hours of Service (HOS) regulations and interpretations.
- Applicability of the HOS Rules and Exceptions
- Maximum Driving and On-Duty Time Reviews
- Completing Qualifying Breaks and Restarts
- Enforcement Personnel’s Expectations Regarding Roadside Inspection, Safety Audit, and Investigation
- Compliance with HOS Rules Using Timesheets, Paper Grid Logs, and ELDs
- Conditions Resulting in Being Declared Out of Service
- Log Exercises
- Transfer of ELD Data
Road Inspection & Out of Service Criteria
During this review, the instructor will explain how the out-of-service criteria are applied and enforced. Instructors Jim Underation and Joe Gezymalla will discuss how the inspection is conducted, what the inspector will look at, and how the inspector will enforce the violation. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and voice their comments and concerns.
Inspections of: Breaks; Coupling Devices; Exhaust Systems; Frames; Fuel Systems; Lights; Safe Loading; Steering Mechanisms; Suspensions; Tires; Vans; Open-Top Trailer Bodies; Wheels, Rims, and Hubs; Windshields
- Part 180 Review:
- Pressure/ Leakage Test
- Special Test/ Inspection Condition
- Compliance Dates
- Tank Markings
- Inspector Qualifications
- Registration Procedures
- Compliance/ Enforcement Procedures
- Lining Inspection/ Thickness Test
- Internal/ External Visual Inspection
- Special Presentation by Exhibitors
If the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) comes to your shop for a compliance audit and finds just one violation, fines could range from $500 to $28,000. Depending on the violations, USDOT could suspend your entire operation. Shouldn't your compliance be as up to date as possible? Here is a seminar that can help.
- What is a DOT Compliance Review?
- How are safety ratings determined? What are your rights and responsibilities?
- Part 382 – Drug/ Alcohol Testing
- Part 383 – CDL Regulations Serious Traffic Violations
- Part 387 – Financial Responsibility
- Part 390 – Marking and Accident Reporting
- Part 391 – Qualification of Drivers
- Part 392 – Driving Motor Vehicles
- Parts 393 & 396 – Maintenance/ Inspection
- Part 395 - Hours of Service
- DOT Log Accuracy Checks
Motor Fleet Safety Basics
This “Fleet Safety 101” program is designed to provide training on effective implementation of safety-related policies and procedures. A training requirement for NATMI’s safety certification program, this course is designed for line-level safety supervisors, with the basic emphasis on what they need to do and when and how to do it. Managers of small fleets and experienced safety professionals seeking a refresher on technical issues will find this course helpful as well.
You’ll gain technical knowledge taught within the context of the importance of safety and applying a quality management approach to safety program implementation. Some pre-reading is also required.
- Objectives of a fleet safety program
- Overview of NATMI certification for safety professionals
- DOT/OSHA Record keeping issues and requirements
- Reporting and documenting vehicle accidents
- Employee injury control and prevention
- Hiring the right people
- Driver retention
- Safety training
- Implementing safety in your company
Managing Motor Fleet Safety Basics
This course is designed to provide transportation safety directors and prospective safety directors with the vision and skills that they need to manage an effective safety program. Participants will be playing the role of a newly hired safety director at a company in need of a safety overhaul. Through case-based scenarios, learn how to “sell” safety to top management, foster a safety “culture” in the organization, demonstrate safety’s return on investment, and consistently improve the safety of company operations using quality management approaches.
- How to become a Certified Director of Safety (CDS)
- "Safety is good business – demonstrating the effect of safe operation on profitability"
- The quality management approach to safety programs: how to identify the root cause of company safety problems and establish systems for continuous improvement
- Employee injury/illness management programs: focusing on critical safe behaviors to prevent or reduce injuries; managing injury costs through early return to work programs
- Driver performance management: using quality tools to identify the root causes of hours of service violations and to analyze driver turnover
- Accident analysis and litigation: root cause analysis of accident trends; a case study in accident litigation
- Implementing safety: how to implement the concepts introduced in this course in your own company
Regulations Part 396 requires that all commercial motor vehicles pass a periodic (annual) inspection. The inspection must be performed by a qualified individual. To help maintenance personnel understand the requirements for the inspection, the Ohio Trucking Association and the Ohio Trucking Maintenance Council offer a two-day Periodic Inspection Training (PIT) course. This program has been developed to meet the requirements of FMCSR 396.19.