The CSA (Compliance, Safety Accountability) program was intended as a way to identify and forecast crash risks, but flaws in the system drew immediate criticism from the trucking industry. Currently in the testing phase, the new system could launch as early as September 2019, and will focus on prevention rather than prediction.
Are you prepared for the changes?
Focus on Safety Culture
The main goal of the new system is to monitor “safety culture” instead of crash risk prediction. Scores will be calculated by the IRT model (Item Response Theory), which is the same system used to determine college SAT scores.
We’re moving away from pretending we can predict future crashes and toward evaluating safety culture.
Steve Bryan – President, Vigillo, Inc.
The new system will continue to monitor the same BASIC (Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories) areas:
- Driver Fitness
- Unsafe Driving
- Hours of Service
- Controlled Substances/Alcohol
- Crash Indicator
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Cargo Securement
The main difference is that while the current CSA system offers some cushion for violations spread out over multiple categories, the new system will punish variety.
Violations in several areas will sink your scores as an indication of an unsafe company culture.
The IRT model used to calculate safety culture scores should be ready by April 2019, and an industry-wide implementation stage beginning September 2019. Those deadlines, however, are subject to change.
Community Insurance Group is a trucking industry leader, and can help your company build a culture of safety and more:
- Employee Handbook
- Fleet Safety Manual
- Compliance Updates
- Driver Referral, Incentive, and Retention Programs
- Driver Qualification File Forms & Checklists
- Safety Culture Resources
- Hiring & Onboarding
- Much, much more…
Contact us today to find out more.