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Request Congress to Extend OSHA Protections to School Bus Operations and School Buses.

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There is a loop hole in federal regulations that does not protect school buses and school bus drivers from OSHA type violations. This is clearly contrary to congressional intent. The purpose that Congress expressed in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-956) is ?to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources? to ?assure ? that no worker will suffer diminished health, functional capacity, or life expectancy as a result of his work experience.?

This also exposes over 23 million schoolchildren to the same occupational environment as school bus drivers. This lack of protection is clearly unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious. All workers need the same protections. A school bus is a job site and is the working environment for a school bus driver. Now is the time to start protecting your school bus driver and your children.

Occupational illnesses, injuries, and reduced productivity are caused by the working environment on a school bus. Heat stress, fumes from exhaust or diesel fuel, fuel and grease tracked onto the buses by mechanics, sick students coughing and sneezing in a closed bus, body fluids such as vomit and urine, are a few examples of the possible problems on a school bus. Bus companies need to be required to clean these contaminants out of their school buses daily.

The environmental factors of heat stress are air temperature and movement, water vapor pressure (humidity) and radiant heat. Workers at greater risk of heat stress include those who are older, are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take medications that may be affected by extreme heat.

School Bus Drivers are generally older and are not well-suited for heat stress environments. Most school buses do not have air conditioning; do not have adequate air movement and bus companies fail to provide drinking water on the bus; or an opportunity for the driver (or passengers/schoolchildren) to cool down. A full size bus has at least 32 windows that promote a greenhouse effect and the buses themselves are large metal boxes that get very hot and radiate heat back into the bus (like an oven). The following symptoms have occurred from heat stress on a school bus: excessive sweating and dehydration; dizziness; lightheadedness; fatigue; weakness; irritability; and being sick and vomiting.

OSHA does not have specific regulations to deal with heat-induced occupational illnesses, injuries, and reduced productivity. These need to be added beyond the OSHA ?general duty clause?. See also, Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Hot Environments, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/86-113.html

For the reasons herein, we urge the President and Congress to extend OSHA protections to school buses and school bus drivers; to add specific OSHA regulations for heat-induced occupational illnesses, injuries, and reduced productivity for all workers; to require bus companies to clean all contaminants from their school buses daily; and that air conditioning should be required on all school buses.

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Jul 21st, 2009
Someone from Grant Park, IL signed.
Jul 20th, 2009
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Jul 20th, 2009
Someone from Lansing, IL writes:
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Jul 20th, 2009
Someone from Lansing, IL writes:
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School Bus Companies need to be made to clean each and every bus every night. protect your children from germs and diease.
Jul 20th, 2009
Someone from Chicago Heights, IL signed.
Jul 19th, 2009
Someone from Chicago Heights, IL writes:
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Young kids, body fluids, need I say more?
Jul 19th, 2009
Someone from Grant Park, IL writes:
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The bus company needs to disinfect the health hazardous buses from people coughing, spitting, urinating, and vomitting daily. Excessive heat is also a safety and health issue.
Jul 18th, 2009
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Jul 14th, 2009
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Jul 13th, 2009
Someone from Glenwood, IL writes:
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School bus companies do not regularly clean the buses and create a very hazardous and unhealthy environment for the children and the drivers/monitors. Also, the conditions for breathing problems and other physical problems are very common that is why it should be mandatory for air conditioning in every school bus. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TODAY
Jul 13th, 2009
Someone from Glenwood, IL signed.
Jul 13th, 2009
Someone from Steger, IL writes:
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The bus company never cleans the insides of the buses. Body fluids never get properly cleaned up. Very unhealthy working conditions.
Jul 13th, 2009
Someone from Hammond, IN writes:
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Protections for School Bus Drivers are long overdue.
Jul 13th, 2009
Someone from Steger, IL signed.
Jul 13th, 2009
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Jul 12th, 2009
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Jul 12th, 2009
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