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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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Sep 7th, 2016
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Sep 7th, 2016
Someone from Collinsville, IL writes:
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This is absurd that it's even an issue. These are our children. My son is on the bus after school for almost an hour and comes home overheated and covered in sweat. Tell me how that's ok??
Sep 7th, 2016
Someone from Danville, IL writes:
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Im a bus driver it is sad that we have to be in a hundred degree weather for up to 3 hours.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Vance, AL writes:
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I'm a high schooler in Alabama and I can say it can be ridiculously hot. It'll be about 95 degrees and feel like 100. It can be just as hard for the drivers as well, because they have to go through what we do.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Pickton, TX writes:
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I'm a highschool student that rides a bus to Como-Pickton School daily with no air conditioning. The bus feels 10 times hotter than the outside. Me as a highschool student think that we should make a change and help schools get air conditioning for kids and drivers safety.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Pickton, TX writes:
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I'm a highschool student that rides a bus daily with no air conditioning. The bus feels 10 times hotter than the outside. Me as a highschool student think that we should make a change and help schools get air conditioning for kids safety.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Pickton, TX writes:
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I'm a highschool student that rides a bus daily with no air conditioning. The bus feels 10 times hotter than the outside. Me as a highschool student think that we should make a change and help schools get air conditioning for kids safety.
Sep 6th, 2016
Someone from Pickton, TX writes:
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I'm a highschool student that rides a bus daily with no air conditioning. The bus feels 10 times hotter than the outside. Me as a highschool student think that we should make a change and help schools get air conditioning for kids safety.
Sep 3rd, 2016
Someone from Warrenton, VA signed.
Sep 2nd, 2016
Someone from Boonville, IN signed.
Sep 1st, 2016
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Sep 1st, 2016
Someone from Nicholasville, KY writes:
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This is an absolute disgrace to put our children and bus drivers in danger !
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Aberdeen, NC signed.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Vancouver, WA signed.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Joshua, TX signed.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Gay, GA writes:
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I am a bus driver with a non-air conditioned bus. Temperatures can reach between 90 and over 100 degrees inside these buses. I have pre-school children as young as four. At their stops, I sometimes find them sleeping and I don't know if they are napping or passed out from the heat. We had one high school student pass out and had to be taken off by ambulance.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Newnan, GA signed.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Williamston, MI writes:
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Not only school buses, but a lot of schools have no a/c, which is a hazard for children. i had to enroll my children into an online school to prevent them from being in a torturous environment. I am sure teachers would benefit from OSHA/ heat-induced illnesses regulation at schools.
Aug 31st, 2016
Someone from Williamston, MI signed.
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Someone from King George, VA signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Chandler, IN signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Anniston, AL writes:
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The heat is a huge factor here in the south where I live. We have delays for cold weather but nothing for the heat! We start back to school in August when the heat is brutal!
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Boonville, IN signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Hamden, OH writes:
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I am a school bus driver, it was 105.2 on my bus the other day. I have been nauseous, chills, headache and diarrhea. Try being in this kind of heat for 3.5 hours. I am surprised one of is drivers hasn't died from heat exhaustion
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Huntsville, TX signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Newnan, GA signed.
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Someone from Norcross, GA signed.
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Someone from Gay, GA signed.
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Someone from Newnan, GA signed.

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