Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination. Most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving but don’t realize that drowsy driving can be just as fatal. Like alcohol, sleepiness slows reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgement and increases your risk of crashing.
It is nearly impossible to determine with certainty the cause of a fatal crash where drowsy driving is suspected. However, there are a number of clues at a crash scene that tell investigators that the person fell asleep at the wheel. For example, drowsy driving accidents usually involve only one vehicle where the driver is alone and the injuries tend to be serious or fatal. Also, skid marks or evidence of other evasive maneuvers are usually absent from the drowsy driving crash scene.
Definitions of drowsy driving or driver fatigue rely on how the concept of “fatigue” is defined. Fatigue is a general term commonly used to describe the experience of being “sleepy”, “tired”, “drowsy”, or “exhausted.” While all of these terms have different meanings in research and clinical settings, they tend to be used interchangeable in the traffic safety and transportation fields.
There are many underlying causes of sleepiness, fatigue and drowsy driving. Including sleep loss from restriction or too little sleep, interruption or fragmented sleep; chronic sleep debt; circadian factors associated with driving patterns or work schedules; undiagnosed or untreated sleep disorders; time spent on a task, the use of sedating medications; and the consumption of alcohol when already tired. These factors have cumulative effects and a combination of any of these can greatly increase one’s risk for a fatigue-related crash.
Sleepiness or fatigue causes the following:
Recognize the signs of fatigue:
Tips to avoid drowsy driving:
The province of Ontario has introduced a new set of traffic laws effective September 1st as part of their effort to make driving safer in the province. The “Making Ontario Roads Safer Act”, or Bill 31, was approved unanimously in June and will come into effect Sept. 1—meaning some new rules for drivers and, in many cases, heavier penalties for breaking them.
Here is a look at some of the new traffic laws and increased fines that are most likely to affect your drivers in Ontario:
Distracted driving: If you’re caught looking at your phone, texting or talking on your phone while driving, you will face much bigger fines and more demerit points, the province is warning. The current fine for distracted driving is approximately $200. As of Tuesday, those found guilty of distracted driving will face fines up to $1,000 and more demerit points. Drivers with G1 or G2 licenses could have their permits suspended on the spot.
Passing cyclists: Drivers will have to give cyclists at least one metre of room wherever possible. The fine for breaking this rule has not yet been set. Motorists who open the door of their vehicle into the path of a cyclist without checking will face fines between $300 and $1,000 and three demerit points.
The “move over” law: As of Sept. 1, drivers will be required to slow down and move into the next lane whenever they see a stopped emergency vehicle with its red and blue lights flashing. This will also apply to stopped tow trucks that have amber lights flashing. The fine for breaking these rules will be $490 and three demerit points.
Alcohol and drugs: Those caught driving under the influence of drugs will now face the same penalties as drunk drivers, the ministry said. These include between a 3 and 90-day license suspension and a week-long vehicle impoundment. More than 45% of drivers killed in Ontario were found that have drugs or alcohol in their system.
DECEMBER 2016 HOLIDAY SEASON
Our annual “Christmas Get-Together” will be held on Thursday, December 8th, 2016, at THE SARNIA RIDING CLUB from 7pm – 10pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note that the BVA office will be closed on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27, 2016
ALSO, the office will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2017.
Due to office holiday closures, PLEASE HAVE YOUR TIMESHEETS IN BY 4:30PM ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 23, 2016. Also, for the following week, please have your time in by Friday December 30, 2016. Any time not received by the deadlines will be included in the following week’s pay. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Here is some information from the IEC regarding COLD STRESS:
NOVEMBER SAFETY TOPIC
Here is some information from the IEC regarding the OHSA RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Here is some information from the IEC regarding H2S (Hyrdrogen Sulphide):
Here is some information from the IEC regarding ERGONOMICS:
IEC EXPIRY MEMO
Please be advised that you are responsible for notifying the BVA office when Site Specific, BSO or any other training you require is about to expire. All expiration dates are listed on your IEC Identification Card.
We require at least 3 weeks notice to schedule any recertification. In shut down season we will require at least 1 month notice as classes book quickly. As classes are based upon availability, the more notice we have, the more likely we are to schedule you before your expiration date.
August 2016 – CPP Information from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
If you have any questions, please call.
Here is some information from the IEC regarding SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS:
JULY SAFETY TOPIC
Here is some information from the IEC regarding HEAT STRESS:
JUNE SAFETY TOPIC
Here is some information from the IEC regarding WORKING AT HEIGHT:
MAY SAFETY TOPIC
Here is some information from the IEC regarding LADDER SAFETY:
Here is some information from the IEC regarding SAFE WORK PERMITS AND ENERGY ISOLATION:
Here is some information from the IEC regarding ASBESTOS.
Here is some information from the IEC regarding HOUSEKEEPING at the worksite.
JANUARY SAFETY TOPIC
Here is some information from the IEC regarding REFRACTORY CERAMIC FIBRES (RCF)
DECEMBER SAFETY TOPIC
As many BVA employees drive, we wanted to provide some driving information from the IEC.
DECEMBER 2015 HOLIDAY SEASON
Our annual “Christmas Get-Together” will be held on Thursday, December 10th, 2015, at Stokes By The Bay from 7pm – 10pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please note that the BVA office will be closing at noon on Thursday, December 24, 2015 and will be closed on Friday, December 25 and Monday, December 28, 2015.
ALSO, the office will be closing at 1pm on Thursday, December 31, 2015 and will be closed on Friday, January 1st, 2016.
Due to office holiday closure, PLEASE HAVE YOUR TIMESHEETS IN BY 4:30PM ON THURSDAY DECEMBER 24 and NO LATER THAN 8AM on TUESDAY DECEMBER 29. Any time not received by the deadline will be included in the following week’s pay. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
NOVEMBER SAFETY TOPIC
As the cold weather is fast approaching, BVA wants to ensure that our employees are aware of Cold Stress and how to protect themselves.
January 1, 2015 – BVA Employees Accessibility Standard Training for CUSTOMER SERVICE
In order to comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), BVA employees must be trained on the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service. Please read and complete the questions in the link below. Please print off pages 7 & 8, answer the questions, and email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Braun-Valley Associates is committed to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. We are committed to the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
BVA EMPLOYEES – PLEASE NOTE IEC CHANGES:
The Safety Topics and Safety Refreshers are part of the 3 year BSO Plus training.
The BSO Plus Safety Refresher is a semi-annual checkpoint designed from the monthly safety topics. Completing the refresher is a requirement for the Basic Safety Recertification (BSR) course. UPDATE: The 6-month Safety Refresher will become an ANNUAL Safety Refresher.
Starting in January 2015, the 6-month BSO Plus Safety Refresher will be changed to one annual refresher to be released in January. The refresher will contain 40 – 50 questions, covering all hazards taught in BSO Plus. Completing the refreshers is a mandatory requirement for the BSO Plus course.
The BSO Plus Safety Topic is a monthly review designed from the BSO Plus agenda. The safety topics are a way to stay current on the safety information over the 3 years.
In 2015, Safety Topics will no longer be released monthly, but will all be available as individual documents on our website. This allows contractors more freedom in determining when each of the Safety Topics will be rolled out to workers. This also provides contractors with the opportunity to give more time and detail to each individual subject, rather than having to cover multiple subjects at one time.
Employers are required to retain tests for record retention and submit the training records into the IEC database.
NOTE: IEC CARD EXPIRATION:
Please make sure your IEC card is up to date. If you need recertification please let us know in advance and we will book you a time. Here is the link for the Refresher course – Sarnia-Lambton Industrial Educational Cooperative.
Your timesheet is due in our office on Monday no later than 10:00 am (even on holidays)
If the office is closed, please fax, email or phone your hours in.
We will no longer call to remind you to get your timesheet in.
Late timesheets will be processed the following week. No exceptions.