NSC 2015

NPTC 2015 National Safety Conference
September 10-11, 2015 - Dulles, Virginia


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE  [ Detail PDF ]

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

8:00 – 8:15 am            Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Gary Petty, NPTC President and CEO
  • Carol Heinowski, Logistics Manager, Meijer, Inc., Chair, NPTC Safety Committee

8:15 – 9:30 am            The Efficacy of Active Safety Technologies and Policies within Private Fleets
Private fleets lead the industry in equipping their trucks with multiple types of active safety technologies. To optimize return-on-investment in these technologies and to achieve overall gains in safety performance, private fleets are also giving higher scrutiny to company safety policies and practices. As a result of this leadership role, private fleets have a significant record of experience and available data to form the basis for an independent research study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and sponsored by NPTC. Learn what principal researchers have found works and why, along with potential models of technology and policy adoption which may be best suited for private fleets.

9:30 – 10:00 am          Break 

10:00 – 11:00 am        FMCSA Regulatory Update
A look into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s key rulemakings – specifically CSA, Electronic Logging Devices; Entry Level Driver Training, Hours of Service and the recent Medical Card Merger with FMCSA’s National Registry Program.

11:00 – 12:00 pm        Predictive Analytics: Using Data to Prevent Accidents Before They Happen
Patterns of safety related data are often predictors of accidents. Systematic analysis of such data can be an invaluable tool for intervention and coaching of drivers whose day-to-day operational performance behind the wheel shows an accident waiting to happen. Data management experts see a future where anticipatory accident prevention through data analysis will be a new core competency for safety professionals. A panel of fleet safety specialists will discuss examples of fleets are already using predictive analytics to great advantage.

12:00 – 2:00 pm          National Driver All Star Luncheon & Recognition Ceremony
Come honor those drivers who have demonstrated that they are at the top of their profession in terms of safety, compliance and customer service. This unique driver recognition program is sponsored by International Trucks/Navistar, Inc.

2:00 – 3:15 pm            Concurrent “Safety-in-the-Round” Discussions
In these open-forum sessions, participants share freely their challenges, resources and solutions in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

  • Successful DataQs Strategies
  • Mock Auditing
  • Effective Screening Protocols
  • Driver Training Best Practices

3:15 – 3:30 pm            Break

3:30 – 4:45 pm            Concurrent “Safety-in-the-Round” Discussions
In these open-forum sessions, participants share freely their challenges, resources and solutions in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

  • Ensuring Compliance for Multiple Sites
  • Key Performance Safety Metrics
  • The Aging Driver and Worker’s Comp
  • Effective Background Investigations

6:00 – 7:00 PM           Sponsored Reception – Special Thanks to our Sponsors


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

8:00 – 9:00 am           The Catastrophic Accident and How Safety Policies Can Mitigate Accident Liability
One of the nation’s top litigation lawyers specializing in truck accidents will discuss the virtual explosion of commercial truck lawsuits now taking place at an unprecedented scale. Such claims now often include the catastrophic accident involving multiple trucks and passenger vehicles, several trucking company defendants, significant losses of life and property, and record-setting settlement figures and jury awards. From this litigious environment has come a surge in predatory plaintiff attorneys often making outrageous claims—and winning!  In this climate, a trucking company’s safety performance and management philosophies are often “on trial” to expose evidence of insufficient prevention and negligence. Federal regulatory compliance simply is not protection enough from potential liability.  Learn how your fleet may have vulnerabilities and what you can do to optimized best case outcomes in the event of an accident.

9:00 9:15 am            Break

9:15 – 10:30 am          Concurrent “Safety-in-the-Round” Discussions
In these open-forum sessions, participants share freely their challenges, resources and solutions in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

  • Behavior Based Safety Strategies
  • Managing the “Eaches” – What the Data Is/Is Not Telling You
  • Developing an Effective Safety Policy
  • Driver Recruiting and Hiring Standards and the PSP Process

10:45 – 11:30 am        Using CSA to Improve Safety
CSA is the federal government’s law-of-the-land safety scorecard. Learn how private fleets are using the data to lower their accident exposure and improve their safety and compliance performance.

11:30 am                     Wrap-Up and Concluding Remarks