Two ATA councils reorganize

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The Safety & Loss Prevention Management Council and the Security Council of the American Trucking Associations have reorganized to form the Supply Chain Security & Loss Prevention Council (SCS&LPC) and the Safety Management Council (SMC). The Wednesday, March 25 announcement of the realignment came after affirmative votes by both councils’ management advisory boards and membership at their February Winter Steering Meetings.

ATA says the reorganization recognizes the operational synergy between freight claims, loss prevention and security, as well as the singular, paramount focus of trucking’s safety professionals. It also reflects the expanded scope of today’s transportation security, asset protection and risk management professionals, which includes homeland security concerns like credentialing and emergency preparedness.

“Reuniting freight claims and loss prevention professionals with security professionals is a more logical fit,” says Susan Chandler, executive director of the former and newly realigned Councils. “Expanding and refocusing the scope of these Councils will also help us more effectively meet the needs of these Councils’ unique memberships, as well as the industry at large.”

ATA says the Supply Chain Security & Loss Prevention Council (SCS&LPC) is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to addressing, establishing and advancing those policies and practices that achieve maximum security (supply chain, personnel, cargo, truck, facility, information and the homeland) throughout the trucking industry; effective freight loss and damage control; cargo theft reduction; successful claims management; and secure, nonviolent work environments. SCS&LPC provides the information, forums and tools that help keep its membership effective, efficient and compliant, and programs that inspire excellence in claims/loss prevention and security.

ATA says the Safety Management Council (SMC) is the only national organization dedicated to advancing safe policies, practices and technology, as well as effective risk management and accident/injury prevention, in the trucking industry. SMC also addresses trucking’s human resource challenges, health and wellness issues, as well as recruitment and retention strategies. SMC provides the information, forums and tools that help keep its membership effective, efficient and compliant, and programs that inspire excellence in safety and human resources.

Within the ATA’s federation, there are five Councils for individuals to join that offer professional development and provide a deep pool of operational knowledge and experience within specific facets of the trucking business. In addition to SCS&LPC and SMC, other ATA Councils include:

  • Information Technology & Logistics Council (ITLC) for today’s IT, logistics and operations professionals;
  • Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) for trucking experts in equipment maintenance and specifications, purchasing and onboard truck technologies; and
  • National Accounting and Finance Council (NAFC) for carrier chief financial officers and managers in federal and state tax compliance, financial management, accounting, insurance and risk management.