NPTC’s National Safety Conference set for Sept. 11-12

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The National Private Truck Council will hold its sixth annual National Safety Conference on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon, Va., near Dulles International Airport, just outside of Washington, D.C.

“Private fleets have earned a reputation for unsurpassed safety excellence,” says Greg Whisenant, CTP, transportation safety manager for Shaw Industries Group Inc. and chair of the NPTC Safety Committee. “Programs such as the National Safety Conference – during which subject matter experts from throughout the industry share their insights, best practices and winning strategies – are one of the reasons why.”

The conference features a format of presentations, discussions with key government representatives, expert panels and safety advocates and practitioners – all designed to provide attendees with insights into implementing strategic safety programs and lowering the cost of risk. The program will focus on the following topics:

  • Safety, Liability and the Private Fleet: An inside look at how a private fleet’s exposure to liability compares to that of outside carriers;
  • Regulatory Update: A look at pending government regulations impacting the safety of the private fleet;
  • Safety Leadership: A case study on the benefits of establishing a culture of safety and infusing safety into the hiring process;
  • Predictive Modeling: Recordkeeping and retention policies and other strategies that identify risks;
  • Understanding Safety Inspections: A federal government inspector’s view of safety with a concentration on compliance issues affecting the private fleet;
  • The Role of Maintenance: Maintenance and safety are linked inextricably, and this session details an effective hands-on approach to improve driver vehicle inspection reports;
  • Driver Wellness Programs: How one company improved safety by making drivers accountable for maintaining healthy lifestyles;
  • Safety Technology Review: Case studies in implementation from the perspective of the users, the suppliers and the federal government;
  • Defensive Driving Refresher Training: The benefits of a structured and strategic approach to effective decisionmaking behind the wheel;
  • Integrating Simulators into Training: How private fleet managers can take advantage of new simulator technologies to improve driver training; and
  • Enhancing Safety and Security: An in-depth look at the lessons learned from 9/11 and the impact on private fleet operations today.
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