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Guidance on onboard safety monitoring systems

From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently released guidance for industry and fleet managers on safety culture concepts, improving safety culture and the use of onboard safety monitoring (OSM) systems. This guidance document is available online.

The implementation of OSM systems involves more than installing the technology in commercial vehicles. It requires detailed planning and involvement from all levels within a fleet to overcome expected criticism and resistance when implementing an OSM device.

FMCSA’s goal for making this guidance document on OSM systems available to the industry was to provide a manual for use by fleet management personnel prior to implementing an OSM technology, or to assist motor carriers that have already implemented an OSM device but who are having problems achieving safety results.

This manual is a practical, easy-to-understand reference guide for implementing an OSM program. It includes an overview of safety culture, a step-by-step guide for implementing a behavior-based safety (BBS) program in conjunction with an OSM device, and provides a list of commercially available OSM systems.

For additional information concerning this guidance document, please contact Martin Walker at (202) 385-2364.