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February 26, 2019
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • March 12 NTA's Reasonable Suspicion for Supervisors Training at the NTA Office, Lincoln  Register Here
  • March 14 SMC Lunch and Learn NEW OMAHA LOCATION AT THE NEW CUSTOM DIESEL DRIVERS TRAINING CAMPUS! Register Here
  • April 11 SMC DOT Level One, Lincoln. Register Here 
  • May 9 SMC Volunteer Scale Checks, Waverly EB and WB Scales. Register Here 
Partner events:
  • Nebraska Safety Council Workplace Training Schedule. Learn more 
  • National Safety Council Nebraska Training Schedule. Learn more
  • Aug. 8, 2019 2019 Region 7 LEPC Emergency Planning and Response Conference, Omaha. Learn more 
Diesel Price Averages
Week of February 25, 2019 (various sources)
Nebraska $2.999  (+.005)
National   $3.048  (+.042)
Midwest   $2.969  (+.065)     
Rocky Mtn. $2.913  (+.026)
The Safety Management Council Presents:
How does the Clearinghouse impact motor carrier employers?
Thursday, March 14 at 11:30am
Custom Diesel Drivers Training
5020 L Street, Omaha

 
The Clearinghouse regulations require employers to both query and report information regarding CDL drivers. Motor carrier employers will be required to report to the Clearinghouse specified violations of the DOT drug and alcohol testing program incurred by their current and prospective CDL drivers.
 
Speaker Bio: Jennifer Lancaster has been with FMCSA since 2004 where she began her career as a Special Agent with the Nebraska Division.  In 2014, she became an Enforcement/New Entrant Program Specialist for the Midwestern Service Center out of Chicago, IL. Recently, she was the Acting Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for FMCSA.  She has served on various workgroups within the Agency, including the current Co-Chair of the Drug and Alcohol Technical Advisory Group.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska.

 
The Nebraska Trucking Association salutes the Troopers of our Nebraska State Patrol and the teams of plow drivers and other first responders who handled more than 350 incidents related to the recent blizzard that caused the closure of Interstate 80 for 20 hours.  Association President Kent Grisham said, “On behalf of everyone in the trucking industry in Nebraska, the NTA extends a great big thank you to everyone who worked so hard and at such great risk during this most recent storm.  It was a blizzard in a long line of winter storms to move through the state, and these tough Nebraskans just keep going and going.  We are in their debt.”
 
Troopers performed 320 motorist assists, responded to 30 crashes, and helped outside agencies with 25 other incidents. Troopers, stationed at various exits along I-80, kept the route closed while other emergency responders handled crashes. NDOT crews worked long hours plow snow.
 
“We saw the best of Nebraska on display this weekend,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We’d also like to say thank you to our troopers and dispatchers, NDOT plow teams, tow truck operators, officers and deputies from other agencies, rescue crews, and anyone who lent a helping hand during this massive storm.”  READ MORE   (Photo Courtesy: Nebraska State Patrol)
 
Driver of the Month Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the Driver of the Month. This honor is awarded to professional drivers displaying a high degree of professionalism, safety and courtesy while performing their jobs. A panel of independent safety professionals selects the Driver of the Month. Winners are invited to the monthly Safety Management Council meeting to receive their award and recognition items. The driver is featured in our magazine, Nebraska Trucker. The Driver of the Year is selected from among the 12 Drivers of the Month annually. Please complete the form and submit 
NTA Welcomes New Staff Member
 
Dave Zelnio joins the Nebraska Trucking Association this week as the new Director of Operations and Communication.  Zelnio previously served as vice president at News Link, an agency specializing in internal and external communications for transportation companies and associations. He also worked in communications for the Nebraska Department of Transportation and recently served on the Nebraska State Council for the Society of Human Resource Management as special initiatives director.
 
For NTA, Zelnio will employ data-based strategies to provide membership value, retention and growth. He’ll oversee marketing, public relations and promotional efforts. Zelnio will help oversee general operations of the association ranging from event management to human resources.

 
Nebraska Trucking Association Presents
Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors
March 12, 2019 at the NTA in Lincoln

 
Employee drug and alcohol testing cannot be performed based on a mere hunch. Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training delivers the necessary tools and skills to recognize and appropriately handle employees exhibiting signs of substance abuse. The course content meets DOT mandated 60/60 49 CFR Part 40 requirements and include the DOT's rule change that took effect January 1, 2018. You will get printable course documents and handouts. Unless you are an owner-operator employing yourself as the only driver you must ensure that supervisors that are designated to supervise CDL drivers undergo a 2-hour training requirement.  The training, at minimum, must include at least 60 minutes of alcohol misuse training and 60 minutes of controlled substance use training, which enables supervisors to recognize signs of drug and alcohol use that support FMCSR §382.307 reasonable suspicion testing. This course will prepare supervisors for determining whether or not reasonable suspicion exists and what to do when they suspect it. Enroll for this class or future classes by contacting Nebraska Trucking Association phone at 402-476-8504, extension 113, or email baude@nebtrucking.com
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