The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) has released a Recommended Practices focused on Motor Vehicle Safety. The fifth in a series of such guidance documents, this Recommended Practice builds upon the ongoing MSC-sponsored Transportation Safety Day and Flagger Training seminars, which provide hands-on training for motor carriers, drivers, and others working in the natural gas industry.
“Shale gas development requires a great deal of logistical and transportation planning and training. Our industry is absolutely aware of how critical transportation-related safety is for our employees and contractors, and especially for the communities where we operate,” said MSC president Kathryn Z. Klaber. “This Recommended Practice, developed by industry transportation experts, is a clearinghouse for regional companies and contractors to make certain their transportation programs are maximizing safety across the board.”
This Recommended Practice covers a broad range of transportation-related issues, including:
- Evaluating driver qualifications and carrier performance;
- Driver safety training programs;
- Vehicle compliance and maintenance; and
- Vehicle safety equipment.
Among other recommendations, the guidance document encourages MSC member companies to utilize the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system in evaluating motor carriers.
“Our industry’s firm commitment to safe operations is paramount,” Klaber explained. “Working with state agencies, such as the State Police, Public Utility Commission, Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, our member companies continue to work to meet this important obligation. This Recommended Practice amplifies and further reinforces our commitment to responsible natural gas development across the region.”
Click HERE to view the MSC’s Recommended Practices for Motor Carrier Safety.