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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
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.
Jul 9th, 2016
Someone from Flushing, NY signed.
Jul 7th, 2016
Someone from Waretown, NJ signed.
Jul 7th, 2016
Someone from Absecon, NJ signed.
Jul 7th, 2016
Someone from Forked River, NJ writes:
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My 3 year old came home covered in sweat and burning up after a 15 minute ride in the bus in 90 something degree weather. Totally unsafe.
Jul 7th, 2016
Someone from Pomona, NJ writes:
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Totally unsafe for the drivers and children riding in the bus. Something needs to change!!
Jul 7th, 2016
Someone from Bronx, NY writes:
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I believe there should be massive law suit filed against the bus companies so they feel it in there pocket and part of the punishment should also be to force the bus company execs to ride the hottest bus on the hottest day.
Jul 6th, 2016
Someone from Chalfont, PA signed.
Jun 27th, 2016
Someone from Burbank, CA signed.
Jun 24th, 2016
Someone from Gadsden, AL signed.
Jun 21st, 2016
Someone from Lake Stevens, WA signed.
Jun 21st, 2016
Someone from Decatur, IL signed.
Jun 18th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jun 17th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jun 16th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jun 16th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jun 14th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jun 14th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, NY signed.
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Omaha, NE signed.
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Omaha, NE signed.
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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We need air conditioning on school buses. We have kids going to school when it's 100*degrees outside and heat index over 100* degrees on the buses, WITH NO A.C.! Very dangerous conditions for the students let alone the driver.
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Omaha, NE signed.
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Omaha, NE writes:
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Put ac on school buses make it a requirement
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Monroe Township, NJ signed.
Jun 9th, 2016
Someone from Monroe Township, NJ signed.
Jun 7th, 2016
Someone from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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I drive school bus. The schools are staying open longer into the summer. The 90s are predicted this week. I only have one very small fan in the bus and NO AC. The windows are NOT ALLOWED to be opened more than a couple inches! The kids are on these sweat busses for over an hour during the hotest part of the day. I, the driver, am terrified because i have had heat stroke in the past and am susceptable to it more now and get very nauseous in extreme hot temps...which can be 120 degrees inside a bus. REQUIRE COOLING SYSTEMS OF SOME SORT IN EVERY SCHOOL BUS!
Jun 7th, 2016
Someone from Franklin, NH writes:
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Children spend a lot of time on the buses, sometimes an hour or more each way. The drivers spend much more than that. Are we subjecting the drivers and our children to sweat shop conditions? That does not seem right to me.
Jun 7th, 2016
Someone from Merrimack, NH signed.
Jun 7th, 2016
Someone from Pueblo, CO signed.
Jun 6th, 2016
Someone from Justin, TX signed.

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