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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.

Public Comments
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Chambersburg, PA writes:
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Would love to haul the president, congress, senate, state representatives, presidential candidates, OSHA Officers, some soccer Mom's, my doctor & a few other chosen people ,...... on my 4 x per day, 1 hour+ long bus runs, especially with them having worked with me all day long with children. I can just bet there would be some big changes made pretty darn quick ;)
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA writes:
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Protect our drivers and protect our kids!
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fontana, CA writes:
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I'm concerned about school buses without AC. Inland Empire is a very hot area, we need A/C in our students school buses.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA writes:
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Fresno cal hits triple digits my sister comes home drenched as if a bucket of water has been poured on her from driving a bus with no air. She has continuous headaches and end up in the emergency room and feeling ill for over a week. I have one sister and I am not trying to lose her to a bus with no air conditioner or her having a heatstroke
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Norman, OK signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Fresno, CA writes:
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I'm a school bus driver. The heat is making me brutally sick to say the least. I live in Fresno Ca and it should be against the law to drive a school bus without air!!! Very uncomfortable!!
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Guntersville, AL writes:
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It's ridiculous how hot my child is when he gets off the bus he is beet red and exhausted.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Houma, LA signed.
Aug 17th, 2016
Someone from Jacksonville, AL signed.
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Essex, MD signed.
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Someone from Essex, MD signed.
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Essex, MD signed.
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Slocomb, AL signed.
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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This should also be for teachers and staffordable and children attending schools without properlying working air conditioners.
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Peoria, AZ writes:
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No seatbelts.no air conditioning in 110 degrees.no windows open.and no daily cleaning. This is disgusting. After 3 days of attempting to have my son ride the bus. I will be moving his school choice so he and I can walk. Horribly disappointed
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Madera, CA signed.
Aug 16th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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It's not right that I have to drive a school bus in 100 degrees heat and inside is 105 ,what's it going to take for change,somebody's child to die from heat exhaustion
Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Jacksonville, FL signed.
Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Monroe, GA signed.
Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Essex, MD signed.
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Someone from Essex, MD signed.
Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Middle River, MD signed.
Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Essex, MD writes:
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Every season I have experienced overexposure of heat and became lightheaded and feeling of going to faint WHILE DRIVING CHILDREN to or from school on my school bus. This is very dangerous. These school buses are so extremely hot when running in the heat that a person could have wheat stroke easily while transporting the children. Most school bus drivers are age 55 and older and very susceptible to overexposure. Something has to be done about this issue
Aug 15th, 2016
Someone from Rensselaer, NY signed.
Aug 14th, 2016
Someone from New Haven, CT signed.
Aug 14th, 2016
Someone from Ringwood, NJ signed.
Aug 14th, 2016
Someone from New Haven, CT signed.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from Meriden, CT signed.
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Someone from Ansonia, CT signed.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from New Haven, CT signed.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from West Haven, CT signed.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from Hamden, CT writes:
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Please help! We need air conditioning on all school buses!
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from Hamden, CT writes:
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I've been driving school buses (New Haven, Ct) for 10 years now and the summer conditions are unbearable. The kids are constantly complaining that the bus is too hot and always asking me for water which I don't bring enough water for the children and we're not allowed to give food or drinks anyway. The Windows only open 5 inches so even if there's a breeze outside you're not gonna be lucky enough to feel it. The bus is a hot box even in the spring! I bring a cooler with ice water to wet a towel to put on my back to keep cool but it can be a distraction to keep wetting the towel every 10 minutes or more. The conditions on the school bus in 80+ temps are insane let alone 90 and 100. We need air conditioning
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from New Haven, CT signed.

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