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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 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.
Aug 13th, 2016
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.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from Sitka, KY signed.
Aug 13th, 2016
Someone from Sitka, KY writes:
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The bus drivers and our kids needs air conditions on the bis for safety in the hot weather....
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Huntington, WV signed.
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Salt Rock, WV signed.
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Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Barksdale Afb, LA signed.
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Barksdale Afb, LA writes:
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When school starts in early August and it's 110 degrees Fahrenheit outside.... You know that bus is a death trap. We don't let parents leave their kids in cars, running or not. So why are you putting thousands of young lives at risk? If one more congressperson states they are prolife, but does nothing to keep our countries future cool, you are lying to your people and to God.
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Salt Rock, WV signed.
Aug 12th, 2016
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Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Salt Rock, WV signed.
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Paintsville, KY writes:
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Some of these children are on these busses for 2+ hours. You wouldn't get in your car and ride around without opening the windows or turning on an air conditioner. Some of these children are 3 & 4 years old. If a parent were to ride around with their children like this they would go to jail because of the risk to their life. We are paying taxes to give our children safe transportation, where is it?
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Ludowici, GA signed.
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from Ocala, FL signed.
Aug 12th, 2016
Someone from West Liberty, KY signed.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Tahlequah, OK signed.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Tahlequah, OK signed.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Brooklyn, NY writes:
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Something needs to be done about this national problem on school buses! They are putting people lives in danger! My son is non- verbal and can't say anything. So he would start screaming, yelling and punching himself in the head. So I keep him home two hot summers until it was medically necessary and was added to his IEP. It shouldn't have to be stated on an IEP in order to get AC on a bus, but should be mandatory for all children and drivers.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from North Tonawanda, NY writes:
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I work on a school bus that transports handicapped children. Their programs go all year. Today 8/11/16. The real feel temperature outside the bus was 103. Our bus only has limited air by the driver so it doesn't cool the back off. With all the windows opened the amount that is considered safe and the roof hatch opened. It is unbareable. Just sitting still I have swear pouring off me. I feel bad for are the children. We hav one child who moved. She used to be dropped off in 45 minutes. New time TWO HOURS!!!!! Were told no one else from the school goes that way!! That is totally insane. With the temperatures getting warmer each year with global warming all buses should have air conditioning. I live in Wester New York. And this is the first summer where we have had 80+ temperatures.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Huntington, IN writes:
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My bus driver told me today that my 4 year old is riding a bus with no A/C. She has a thermometer in the bus and she said yesterday it was over 110 in the bus. He rides the bus 40 minutes one way, that is insane to me.
Aug 11th, 2016
Someone from Anniston, AL signed.
Aug 10th, 2016
Someone from Mesa, AZ writes:
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Here in AZ I found out today (1st day of school) that my daughter's bus has no AC. I was shocked! Our temps can reach 100+ & with monsoon humidity, it is insane.
Aug 10th, 2016
Someone from Louisville, KY writes:
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Several kids in our school district were treated for heat exhaustion today. If kids, and drivers have to be on busses for 1-3 hrs at a time (sometimes longer) and heat indexes are over 100°, the busses should be equipped with air, or at least several fans, and kids should be aloud to have water on the busses as well. It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured, and one lawsuit could have paid for a/c or fans.
Aug 10th, 2016
Someone from Lakeland, FL writes:
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This is rediculous! It's torture to not have a/c in Florida on a bus with children and the poor Drivers!
Aug 10th, 2016
Someone from Thibodaux, LA signed.
Aug 10th, 2016
Someone from Thibodaux, LA signed.
Aug 10th, 2016
Someone from Thibodaux, LA writes:
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It is Dangerous for buses not to have Air Conditioning/Heat for the welfare or the Drivers and the Children riding the Bus. Come on People don't wait until a life or lives or taken before y'all decide to do something. It is HOT in South Louisiana!!!!!
Aug 9th, 2016
Someone from Ravenswood, WV signed.
Aug 8th, 2016
Someone from Wingate, NC signed.
Aug 7th, 2016
Someone from Macon, GA signed.

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