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TMC Offers Cab Cleaning Protocols
ATA's Technology Maintenance Council (TMC) has released the work products for cab cleaning protocols. Generally Recommended Practices are an item TMC sells but in this current environment, they felt it was important to disseminate this as broadly as possible.

For those not familiar with TMC, we would highly encourage MMTA members to check them out and consider supporting this important organization.

Recommended Practices 443
This is the cab cleaning protocol TMC produced in 2014, i.e. it is the current version RP 443, which is adopted officially.
 
200325_CIO2_Treatment_DRAFT
This currently-unfinished work product is receiving priority attention by TMC in response to coronavirus for disinfecting the cab.
The draft is not been fully vetted or approved, but is provided as info.
 
CLO2 Remedies TechBulletin Sep2019
This is a chemical producer's tech bulletin on the product that can kill many "bugs" in the cab, including specified bacteria and viruses, and it specifies coronavirus.
Click here for a full list of protocols

TSA Offers Guidance on HMEs and TWICs
In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is finalizing a draft exemption notice and accompanying memo that permits State licensing entities to grant a 120-day extension on a Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) security threat assessment for drivers whose HMEs expired on March 1, 2020, or later within 120 days of the notice's publication in the Federal Register. This proposed extension will allow drivers whose HMEs recently expired or will soon be expiring to continue to transport hazardous materials in light of access constraints to enrollment centers or State licensing entities because of COVID-19.

TSA also offered clarification on the use of expired TWIC cards. Current Federal regulations permit unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities or vessels with an expired TWIC under special circumstances.  If an individual cannot present a TWIC because it expired, and the individual previously has been granted unescorted access to secure areas with a TWIC, the individual may be granted unescorted access to secure areas by a facility or vessel for a period of no longer than 30 consecutive calendar days, see 33 CFR § 101.550 (a).  TSA is coordinating with USCG on a regular basis to determine if additional guidance may be needed to support transportation workers.  Updated information regarding USCG operations and procedures, including TWIC®, may be found under "Featured Content" on the USCG Deputy Commandant for Operations website  and by monitoring Coast Guard Maritime Commons.

NTTC continues to work closely with TSA and other federal agencies to address operating concerns for our membership. We will certainly keep you apprised of any developments as warranted.
 
CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers
When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Truck drivers and other people driving into the city to deliver needed supplies should stay in their vehicles as much as possible as supplies are loaded and unloaded, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible. If these drivers need to spend the night in the greater New York City area, they should stay in their hotel rooms or sleeper cab, when available, to the extent possible and continue to practice social distancing. Drivers who take these precautions should not need to self-quarantine when they leave the greater New York area, unless self-quarantine is recommended by state or local officials for all residents in the areas where they live.

Truck drivers and other workers who obtain or deliver needed supplies who live in the greater New York area may continue to work both within and outside of the greater New York area but should stay at home and practice social distancing according to instructions of state and local officials when they are not working. While they are working either within or outside of the greater New York area, they should stay in their vehicles as much as possible, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible.

We continue to recommend that all people take precautions to stay safe and keep others safe, including washing their hands regularly, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and maintaining distance from others.

It remains our guidance that residents who were recently in the affected areas of New York, out of an abundance of caution, should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Click here for full statement

 

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