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Sample Sidebar Module

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What shops need to know to prepare for new diesel oils CK-4 and FA-4

By Kevin Ferrick, Senior Manager for Engine Oil Licensing, API

Fleets and shops will need to be ready for two new diesel engine oils arriving in the market on December 1: API CK-4 and API FA-4. API CK-4 oils will succeed the current CJ-4 engine oils as the backward compatible diesel oils. Backward compatible means CK-4 may be used where CJ-4, CI-4 with CI-4 PLUS, CI-4, CH-4, and earlier service categories are recommended. FA-4, on the other hand, is a new arrival intended for engines built beginning with the 2017 model year. Preparation should start now.

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Pour Points

Better oils are coming in 2017, but prepare to use more than one formula

By John G. Smith

Choosing the best engine oil for your fleet is no small matter. Every bottle of the liquefied technology is expected to create the perfect protective layer between moving surfaces such as cam lobes and lifters, and crankshafts and bearings. It cleans unwanted deposits and suspends otherwise damaging particles until they can be captured by filters. The detergents offset combustion-created acids which cause
oxidation. Dispersants remove soot and sludge. Anti-oxidants help the formulas last between oil changes.

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Making the Grade

New low-viscosity oils will play a key role in boosting fuel economy

NASHVILLE, TN – Cleaner air has traditionally come at a cost. Tighter emission standards have led to pricey equipment, increased downtime, added maintenance, and maybe even trucks with lower residual values, says Paul Menig of Tech I-M, a consulting service which specializes in truck-related technology.

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How Ontario’s General Trucking Sector can Address Driver Fatigue Among Professional Drivers

Driver fatigue identified as a top health and safety risk for trucking operations in Ontario

Top 10 root causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers in Ontario

In February 2020, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) in partnership with the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) organized a group of industry experts that met for two days to determine the root causes of driver fatigue in Ontario’s trucking sector. As part of their work, they also developed critical controls and specific activities that could be put in place to address driver fatigue in Ontario’s general trucking industry.

The list of the top 10 causes of driver fatigue, as identified by workers, supervisors, and employers in Ontario’s trucking sector is displayed in the infographic on pages 34-35 of Private Motor Carrier. More detailed information on the top causes of driver fatigue among professional truck drivers, is discussed in the accompanying technical paper available at www.ihsa.ca/driverfatigue.

Identifying solutions and controls

After identifying the top 10 causal factors of driver fatigue, the group of subject matter experts, led by Dr. Sujoy Dey of the MLTSD, identified possible solutions and controls for the top ranked risks. During the discussions, similar themes and proposed controls kept emerging that informed five key recommendations:

  • classify truck driving as a skilled trade (Red Seal),
  • review and address critical training gaps in mandatory entry-level training (MELT),
  • mandatory graduated licensing for all truck drivers,
  • greater enforcement of carriers who are non-compliant with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the Highway Traffic Act, and
  • promote mental health and wellness among professional truck drivers.

These recommendations provide a foundation for the reduction in driver fatigue by focussing on systemic causal factors and not just the symptoms of driver fatigue. The trucking industry should focus immediately on addressing these five key recommendations.

“The group of industry experts shared their experience, made suggestions, and proposed potential controls to address the primary causal factors and identified systemic weaknesses in the industry,” says Michelle Roberts, IHSA Director, Stakeholder & Client Engagement. “IHSA is proud of our work as an advocate for improving professional truck driver training, non-compliant carrier enforcement, and the importance of driver mental health and wellness. This work is a strong first step toward meaningful changes for safer and healthier workplaces for professional truck drivers.”

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