NPTC safety conference set for Sept. 10-11 in Herndon, Va.

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The National Private Truck Council is holding its annual National Safety Conference Sept. 10-11 at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon, Va. The program offers a combination format of presentations, problem-solving workshops, expert panels and networking opportunities.

“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. “Such strong performance can be attributed to building a culture of operational excellence, forged through continuous learning, training and best practices.”

This year’s safety conference has been designed to optimize return-on-investment for all attendees, according to Whisenant. Topics and speakers represent the most relevant “state-of-the-art” safety information available in the industry today. The program will focus on the following topics:

  • Creating a Culture of Safety: Find out how two private fleets successfully established a culture of safety and how it already has produced dividends.
  • Safety for the Long Haul: Large Truck Crash Risk, Causation and Prevention: Understand the critical information needed to support the safety initiatives, strategies and management philosophies to improve safety of commercial trucking operations.
  • CSA 2010: Learn how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration plans to achieve its mission of reducing commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, fatalities and injuries through better ways of identifying high-risk carrier and driver behaviors and applying a wide range of interventions to correct these high-risk behaviors before they become chronic and habitual.
  • NPTC Best Practices Safety Guide: Identify any gaps and opportunities in your existing fleet risk management approach by investigating your performance in a number of safety-related areas, including leadership, culture, screening and selection, orientation and training, driver well-being, regulatory compliance, safety performance monitoring, motivation and reinforcement, incident management, vehicle inspection and maintenance, and social responsibility.
  • Accident Reconstruction and Commercial Vehicle Crash Scene Management: Increase your knowledge about proper documentation of crash scene physical evidence, which is one of the most important phases in the commercial vehicle accident reconstruction process, assessing fault and determining liability.
  • Safety Technology Review: Examine the federal government’s evaluation of the effectiveness of active safety technologies.
  • Inoculating Your Fleet from Liability Exposure: An Attorney’s Perspective: Learn from a practicing attorney how your fleet may be vulnerable and what you can do to help shield your operation from such claims.
  • The Role for Truck Fleets in Enhancing Transportation Safety: Develop real-world solutions to truck safety issues instead of simply trying to assign blame.
  • National Driver All-Stars Recognition: Join NPTC in recognizing the best ambassadors of private fleet customer service.
  • “The last two years, the National Safety Conference played to record attendance,” Whisenant says. “We want to encourage anybody that’s interested to act promptly to reserve their spot and to be a part of this valuable educational opportunity.”

    For more information, go to www.nptc.org.

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