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

Over 23 million students nationwide begin and end their day with a trip on the school bus.

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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Public Comments (1,120)
Sep 2nd, 2018
Someone from Ada, OK writes:
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It’s very sad that anyone should have to deal with no ac!! I drive a public transportation bus 8 and 9 hours a day here in southern Oklahoma. A lot of my passengers are elderly and of course some are infants. A lot of people depend on public transportation. It scares me to see these people exit the bus after being on for sometimes, 30 to 40 minutes. Their faces are just beet red and a lot of times they’re sweating. profusely!! These vehicles are all glass with those vent windows up high. They basically let air out, without letting absolutely no airflow in. Very hot!! For example, I recently put a personal indoor thermometer in my vehicle. My phone will show 95°, and the thermometer will always be about 6 to 8 degrees hotter. It’s no different in those school buses. Some of these elderly could be your parents. Well to do families that simply can’t get their loved one to the dr without public transportation. I’m almost 59 years old myself and believe me, it takes everything I have to make it through each day. I did sign your petition to address the school bus issue, I can only hope change will come for public transportation as well. Good luck everyone!
Sep 2nd, 2018
Someone from Ada, OK writes:
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It’s very sad that anyone should have to deal with no ac!! I drive a public transportation bus 8 and 9 hours a day here in southern Oklahoma. A lot of my passengers are elderly and of course some are infants. A lot of people depend on public transportation. It scares me to see these people exit the bus after being on for sometimes, 30 to 40 minutes. Their faces are just beet red and a lot of times they’re sweating. profusely!! These vehicles are all glass with those vent windows up high. They basically let air out, without letting absolutely no airflow in. Very hot!! For example, I recently put a personal indoor thermometer in my vehicle. My phone will show 95°, and the thermometer will always be about 6 to 8 degrees hotter. It’s no different in those school buses. Some of these elderly could be your parents. Well to do families that simply can’t get their loved one to the dr without public transportation. I’m almost 59 years old myself and believe me, it takes everything I have to make it through each day. I did sign your petition to address the school bus issue, I can only hope change will come for public transportation as well. Good luck everyone!
Jul 17th, 2018
Someone from Balch Springs, TX writes:
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This is crazy. My child came from a field trip at day care. The school bus they drove didn't have air. It was 104 degrees today. My child came home tired, nauseated and said the bus was so hot it made her sick. I'm going to facility tomorrow to complain. This is ridiculous that there are no regs on air for buses. If I would of known that school buses are not required to have air working I would not have let her go on trip.
Jul 17th, 2018
Someone from Balch Springs, TX writes:
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This is crazy. My child came from a field trip at day care. The school bus they drove didn't have air. It was 104 degrees today. My child came home tired, nauseated and said the bus was so hot it made her sick. I'm going to facility tomorrow to complain. This is ridiculous that there are no regs on air for buses. If I would of known that school buses are not required to have air working I would not have let her go on trip.
Jul 17th, 2018
Someone from Balch Springs, TX writes:
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This is crazy. My child came from a field trip at day care. The school bus they drove didn't have air. It was 104 degrees today. My child came home tired, nauseated and said the bus was so hot it made her sick. I'm going to facility tomorrow to complain. This is ridiculous that there are no regs on air for buses. If I would of known that school buses are not required to have air working I would not have let her go on trip.
Jul 12th, 2018
Someone from Kopperl, TX writes:
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It is HOT in Texas - period! Our summer weather seems to last a little longer than other states. We are a VERY small district & only have 2 busses w/AC & they are not used for routes. We do have 1 AC handicap. No AC is a safety issue for the kids AND driver. We have kids that get on the bus straight out of athletics & have to ride about an hour in a hot bus. What if a driver has a heat stroke during the route? Something needs to be done, especially for those small districts that can’t afford to replace their buses.
May 31st, 2018
Someone from San Antonio, TX writes:
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it's ridicilous that the kids don't have AC at least my daughter doesn't i understand him to tell me that the special needs buses will have them special needs or NOT the kids on those buses have to have AC if it doesn't and it's in the 80 and up DO NOT use THAT bus are we really at a point in life where we care more about oh, they will just be hot for a little bit" NO, this has to stop NOW!! If you wont do anything about this i iwll personally take my school school and back home if you don't feel like my childs needs aren't going to be met. i wonder also if this could fall into the " no, child gets left behind i guess it's all in how you read it" GET your crap together or there will be alot of people in DC making SURE you change this law to making ALL kids cool on the bus i know i am not the only one that has this issue now go and handle it.!!
May 31st, 2018
Someone from San Antonio, TX writes:
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it's ridicilous that the kids don't have AC at least my daughter doesn't i understand him to tell me that the special needs buses will have them special needs or NOT the kids on those buses have to have AC if it doesn't and it's in the 80 and up DO NOT use THAT bus are we really at a point in life where we care more about oh, they will just be hot for a little bit" NO, this has to stop NOW!! If you wont do anything about this i iwll personally take my school school and back home if you don't feel like my childs needs aren't going to be met. i wonder also if this could fall into the " no, child gets left behind i guess it's all in how you read it" GET your crap together or there will be alot of people in DC making SURE you change this law to making ALL kids cool on the bus i know i am not the only one that has this issue now go and handle it.!!
May 18th, 2018
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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This.is very dangerous drivers are on these busses from morning till late afternoon. The heat is unbearable.. it's time we.made changes
May 18th, 2018
Someone from Indianapolis, IN writes:
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This.is very dangerous drivers are on these busses from morning till late afternoon. The heat is unbearable.. it's time we.made changes

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