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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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Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Senoia, GA signed.
Aug 22nd, 2016
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Aug 22nd, 2016
Someone from Saint Augustine, FL writes:
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Our children started school on August 10th. The heat index has been in the general range of 114 most of the days that the kids are traveling home from school for over forty minutes. My son is drenched in sweat upon arrival and often has a headache and lightheadedness. I can not pick him up every day as most parents can not. The poor driver is on the bus both ways for two afternoon shifts. This is well over four hours. I worry about his well being and, subsequently, the well being of those in his care...our children. This is inexcusable and needs immediate remedy!
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Dalton, GA writes:
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I am a school bus driver who is subjected to extreme heat conditions on my school bus every day. It is inhumane to force us to stay on those rolling ovens for hours at a time with no air conditioning. It is also a great danger to the students.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Copperas Cove, TX writes:
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Try driving a bus in Texas with no Ac and its 105 outside.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Sterling, VA writes:
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I'm a school bus driver. I'm one of the lucky ones who have AC on a bus. When I first drove a school bus I didn't have AC. When I was given a bus with AC it was like winning the lottery.It's cruel and inhumane to have school children and bus drivers to ride on a bus without AC. They can become sick from heat exhaustion. I
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Augusta, GA signed.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Senoia, GA writes:
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I personally experience the effects of the extreme heat and the exhaust coming back into the bus! Drivers and the children we transport deserve to have these conditions factored in. Please pass the proposed ammendments to this act to see that we are all protected.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Smithsburg, MD signed.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Willcox, AZ writes:
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I'm school bus driver have driven for 21 years I get where I dread going out to start bus in auguSt and September even some days in October please consider putting this forward
Aug 21st, 2016
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Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Kempner, TX writes:
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Considering the low pay for school bus drivers the least that should be expected is a safe and somewhat comfortable working environment. We are starting the school year eight bus drivers short, all the routes that need to be filled are for non ac buses.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Clementon, NJ signed.
Aug 21st, 2016
Someone from Bakersfield, CA writes:
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On Friday the 19th of August, Temecula Unified School District took their Varsity players from Temecula Valley High School to a scrimmage in Palm Springs. They took a school bus that WAS NOT air conditioned. It was a 106 in the desert and the trip took 2 hours. The boys had all the windows down and were still wringing wet with perspiration. This was not unlike being in a tin oven. Begs the question, who is in charge? Someone woke up, they rode an air conditioned charter bus home. Too little, too late! Unconscionable. Yet, when you try to discuss any heat related issues with them, you get the usual run around and the administration is often defensive and rude.
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