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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 1st, 2016
Someone from Evansville, IN signed.
Aug 1st, 2016
Someone from Willard, NC signed.
Jul 31st, 2016
Someone from Weehawken, NJ signed.
Jul 30th, 2016
Someone from Cairo, GA writes:
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I drive a 2002 International Blue Bird for the Grady County BOE. We start school on 07/28/16. The average daily temperature here is south GA is around 95 degrees and the humidity is in the high 90's making the feel like temperature outside to be between 105 and 115 degrees. The bus I drive along with all of our fleet except for a few special needs buses do not have air conditioning. I am on the bus around 2 1/2 hours in the morning and afternoon and the afternoons up until around Mid October are just about unbearable. Something needs to be done that would make it mandatory for all school buses to have working air conditioning on them regardless of manufacturer date.
Jul 27th, 2016
Someone from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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My children can spend up to an hour on the school bus. The results can be fatal when you combine ninety degree weather with non AC busses,
Jul 27th, 2016
Someone from Macomb, MI signed.
Jul 27th, 2016
Someone from Union City, NJ signed.
Jul 27th, 2016
Someone from Weehawken, NJ writes:
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I am particularly interested in changing the laws that make it mandatory to have air conditioners on all school buses nation wide. A three year old girl passed out on my sons school bus in the middle of a heat wave this past Monday. The children who are all special education children, sit on the hot bus for more than an hour on some days. After complaining to the board of Ed and mayors office several times we were able to get an air conditioned bus. Unfortunately, a small child had to pass out and end up in the emergency room before any action was taken. I live in Weehawken, New Jersey and most of the buses in my local elementary school do not have air conditioning. We must change these laws for the children, bus drivers and aides. It is the humane thing to do.
Jul 27th, 2016
Someone from Jamaica, NY signed.
Jul 26th, 2016
Someone from Reading, PA signed.
Jul 26th, 2016
Someone from Morgan Hill, CA signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Lowell, MA writes:
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I am a monitor for special needs and it is horrible to know that within this heat wave we are having to not have good air quality when even getting weather alerts in New England.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Henderson, KY signed.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from New Kensington, PA writes:
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I am a nuse on a school bus for disabled children some in wheelchairs it is not good to have these children on hot buses as they are compromised already and many have seizure issues brought on by the heat.
Jul 25th, 2016
Someone from Carlsbad, NM writes:
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In the summer in New Mexico it get 110 to 115 outside school bus gets 130 I'm on the bus in the afternoon for 4 hours what would happen if someone was to pass out because of the heat and have kids on bus
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from New Washington, IN signed.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Floyds Knobs, IN signed.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Greenville, IN signed.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from New Albany, IN writes:
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I have been a School Bus Driver for over 13 years and have always wondered WHY it is we don't have air-conditioning on them. The kids are not on the buses that long and they are young enough to endure their short ride home- BUT the drivers such as myself are on them for hours and this is VERY UNHEALTHY to say the least!!! When it is 90+ temps outside it is over 110 on the bus. Our fans blow Hot Air and as slow as we drive, get caught in traffic, and the body heat.from 50-70 kids; We are roasting... feels like we are going to Pass out at the wheel. Please Congress make it Mandatory to have Air on our buses. They always say it's about Money/ I hate to see something Bad happen to an entire bus load of kids before they do something about this.Is this what it is going to take to get someone to take action? I surly hope Not... Respectfully, Leslie
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Denham Springs, LA signed.
Jul 24th, 2016
Someone from Henderson, KY signed.
Jul 23rd, 2016
Someone from Newark, NJ writes:
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I've been a school bus driver for the last 20 years. I have known for not only bus drivers but bus aides to pass out from the heat. They have no protection from the job if it's found out they would be fired. Because it's a risk the job not willing to take. During the summer the drivers are stuck on the bus for six to eight hours a day. This summer the temperature on my bus was 108 at 1 o'clock it's crazy way wait. Until someone dies you know.
Jul 23rd, 2016
Someone from Clinton, SC signed.
Jul 23rd, 2016
Someone from Mauldin, SC writes:
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Over crowded buses and extreme heat from the bus along with the weather, should be a concern for every parent that has a child that rides a bus.
Jul 23rd, 2016
Someone from Maurice, LA writes:
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The ones that say we don't need air conditions should have to ride the whole first 2 weeks of school. All of them need to ride.
Jul 21st, 2016
Someone from Chicago, IL writes:
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All school buses need to have air conditioning especially the way the weather in the USA has been
Jul 18th, 2016
Someone from Hudson, MI signed.
Jul 18th, 2016
Someone from Saint Paul, MN writes:
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Been a school bus driver for over 15 years, there certainly is a need to extend the same osha protections that truck drivers have, especially when the "cargo" we carry is people's children. Fumes, toxicity, and the level of pathogens especially during the flu season is considerable and for large buses there us simply no money or time given to keep them clean.
Jul 18th, 2016
Someone from Morgan Hill, CA signed.
Jul 17th, 2016
Someone from North Dartmouth, MA writes:
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I am a driver and it is very concerning that my staying alert is important to keep my passengers safe.
Jul 14th, 2016
Someone from San Jose, CA writes:
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It is not fair that Big Busses are not equipt with AC, it is considered at some degree DISCRIMINATION to our children who ride in the Big Bus to suffer from extreme heat in these big heat conducted boxes because they are not Special needs students. Children are Children and should ALL be treated the same regardless if they have a disability or not. PLEASE PUT A/C ON BIG BUSES!!
Jul 14th, 2016
Someone from Marietta, GA writes:
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OSHA is needed. State, County, City leaders have not corrected this problem all these year now. Hotlanta area in August is too hot in a metal box with no Air Cond for young Students. ---- Need Student Seat Belts with light board & Buzzer showing which seat belt is not clicked in.
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from Forest Hills, NY signed.
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from New Rochelle, NY writes:
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Our suburban city, unbeknownst to us at first, has special needs kids riding to summer day camp on buses without air conditioning! Parents addressed and remedied this on the first day of camp, only to find out within two weeks that the buses are once again not air conditioned. Would we put kids on buses without heat? To subject any kids, let alone special needs kids, to such a stifling environment is cruel and unhealthy, especially with many of the kids' rides over an hour because there should really be three buses, not two. Doing this to kids who are usually unable to advocate for themselves is particularly heinous. Shame on you, City of New Rochelle! This is particularly surprising in light of how much our city school district does on behalf of our special needs kids. The city administration needs to wake up.
Jul 13th, 2016
Someone from New Rochelle, NY writes:
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Our suburban city, unbeknownst to us at first, has special needs kids riding to summer day camp on buses without air conditioning! Parents addressed and remedied this on the first day of camp, only to find out within two weeks that the buses are once again not air conditioned. Would we put kids on buses without heat? To subject any kids, let alone special needs kids, to such a stifling environment is cruel and unhealthy, especially with many of the kids' rides over an hour because there should really be three buses, not two. Doing this to kids who are usually unable to advocate for themselves is particularly heinous. Shame on you, City of New Rochelle! This is particularly surprising in light of how much our city school district does on behalf of our special needs kids. The city administration needs to wake up.
Jul 12th, 2016
Someone from Las Cruces, NM writes:
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We have more children riding this summer and last week outside temps were as high as 103, 107 inside the buses with no a/c and as high as 109...expected high this week is 108....this cannot be safe for drivers or students.
Jul 11th, 2016
Someone from Riverton, NJ writes:
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Having children riding around in a bus for over an hour in the summer heat without AC is asking for kids to be sick. And as a driver, I can attest that it's much hotter where we sit due to the engine being directly in front of us. It's absolutely horrible.
Jul 10th, 2016
Someone from Evans, WV writes:
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I'm a bus driver and we suffer with high temperature and kids being sick, from the result of the heat, on our buses each year. please help us!!! This problem is a safe issue, for the drivers and the students. thank you!
Jul 9th, 2016
Someone from Forest Hills, NY signed.
Jul 9th, 2016
Someone from Fresh Meadows, NY writes:
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I think it's ridiculous we even have to sign a petition to get this done. This should be automatically provided.

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