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Brake Safety Week: Keep on Truckin’

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Brake Safety Week is an annual weekly event in August focused on inspecting commercial motor vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico for brake-related out-of-service violations. This year’s event happens August 21-27, and it’s a great opportunity for motor carrier companies to educate their drivers and maintenance employees on brake safety. During Brake Safety Week, inspectors will conduct the North American Standard Level I and V Inspections, reporting all brake-related data to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Results will be released in the fall.

Brake Safety Week 2021 results:

  • 35,764 commercial vehicles were inspected and 12% were restricted from travel due to critical brake-related issues
    • United States – 28,694 vehicles inspected and 13.5% out-of-service rate
    • Canada – 1903 vehicles inspected and 15.4% out-of-service rate
    • Mexico – 5167 vehicles inspected and 2.6% out-of-service rate

Preparing for Brake Safety Week

Keep in mind even though brake systems are the focus of Brake Safety Week inspections, any type of critical violation can result in out-of-service orders. The CVSA has a great cheat sheet for roadside inspections in general, which can be found here, and for a more detailed list focusing on what inspectors look for during brake inspections, check out the Brake Inspection Checklist

Some best practices to keep your commercial vehicles safe and on the road:

  • Establish vehicle maintenance and record-keeping protocols
  • Train your drivers on pre- and post-trip brake inspections
  • Schedule and perform vehicle maintenance regularly – including ahead of Brake Safety Week
  • Educate your team – both drivers and maintenance – on the importance of brake safety

Improperly functioning brakes pose a very serious safety risk, and those out-of-service violations come with a hefty fine and lost time on the road. For 2022, let’s play it safe and keep on truckin’ by taking steps today to pass those upcoming possible inspections.

Mr. Griffith has a received his bachelors degree in Environmental Health from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and president of Workplace Safety & Health Company. He has over 35 years of industrial hygiene, safety, loss control and consulting experience. Chemical monitoring, noise measurement, program development and management, risk assessment and computer management of health and safety data are areas of particular strength. Mr. Griffith is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) at the local and national level. He is also active in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

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