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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 31st, 2016
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.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Norcross, GA signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Senoia, GA signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Gay, GA signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from Newnan, GA signed.
Aug 30th, 2016
Someone from King George, VA signed.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Knoxville, TN writes:
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This is very dangerous !!!!!!!My advice for the ifficals is to ride the bus with the student!!!!!!! It is 92 F - outside ????? Get inside and feel it
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Ruther Glen, VA writes:
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I think this is inexcusable and should be remedied ASAP! My daughter has PE for the last class of the day. She had to run all period and then get on a hot bus to go home. She lasted as long as she could and vomited in our front yard do to heat exhaustion. I guess it will take the death of a student for something to be done about this. If we as parents did something like this to our children we would be charged with child abuse, neglect, and child endangerment. Need I say more?
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Hillsboro, MO signed.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Wilmington, IL signed.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Rockport, IN writes:
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I think we need to get air conditioning on our buses we have heaters so what will it hurt to get air conditioning on our buses? Is it the cost? Or the hassel
Aug 28th, 2016
Someone from Jefferson, GA signed.
Aug 27th, 2016
Someone from Carmel, IN writes:
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I was shocked when I found out about this.i thought it was only my daughters school because it's private and very small, but it's most schools. THUS enfuriates me.
Aug 27th, 2016
Someone from Cumming, GA signed.
Aug 27th, 2016
Someone from Cumming, GA writes:
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Long Overdue! Neither our children nor their bus drivers are disposable commodities. Last week, after listening to complaints I asked that a thermometer be used to monitor the bus temperature during the afternoon ride home from school. This was not a particularly hot day, yet the recorded temperature in the bus was 113°. We can no longer excuse behavior that leaves these people unprotected.
Aug 26th, 2016
Someone from King George, VA signed.
Aug 26th, 2016
Someone from King George, VA writes:
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King George County Virginia Schools went back August 15 this year with no plan for dealing with heat on buses. Middle school buses sit in the parking lot at the high school in full sun while waiting for high school students to load the bus. Bus driver reported 115 degree temperature on bus
Aug 26th, 2016
Someone from York, PA signed.
Aug 26th, 2016
Someone from Park City, KY signed.
Aug 26th, 2016
Someone from Junction, IL writes:
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As a sophomore who rides a buss without air conditioning I can confirm it is terrible. I am drenched in sweat even on the AM route.
Aug 25th, 2016
Someone from Mars, PA signed.
Aug 25th, 2016
Someone from Pollock, LA signed.
Aug 25th, 2016
Someone from New Haven, CT writes:
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This is LONG overdue! A/C should be a mandatory requirement in ALL SCHOOL BUSES. As well as airbags or impact suppressants of some sort to prevent injuries should an accident occur. A seat belt alone is NOT enough
Aug 25th, 2016
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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Muchas malas queremos que los autobuses escolares tengan aire acondicionado que tenemos que hacer para que nos escuchen?
Aug 25th, 2016
Someone from Middleburg, FL signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Waco, TX writes:
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This needs to be revised and changed for the sake of those children and employees that are forced to be subjected to these unsafe conditions. The summers in Texas are brutal and some of these children, ages 4 & up, have to sit in the hot bus for nearly an hour. What is it going to take for this to be added, let's not wait for something to happen before we make a change.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Middleburg, FL signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Middleburg, FL signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Baytown, TX signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Middleburg, FL signed.
Aug 24th, 2016
Someone from Blue Springs, MO signed.
Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Mcadoo, PA signed.
Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Atlanta, GA writes:
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Espero pronto tengan aire acondicionado los autobuses mi hija viaja 40 minutos sin aire y no se me hace justo que hago para que pongan aire acondicionado
Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Peachtree City, GA signed.

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