NSC 2015

NPTC 2015 National Safety Conference
September 10-11, 2015 - Dulles, Virginia

Schedule At-A-Glance

Thursday, September 10
7-8:00am    Registration & Continental Breakfast/Networking
8-12:00pm  Conference: Education Sessions
12–2:00pm  Driver All-Stars Luncheon & Recognition Ceremony
2–5:30pm    Conference: Education Sessions
6–7:00pm    Sponsored Networking Reception

Friday, September 11
6:30-7:30am   Continental Breakfast
7:30–12:00pm Conference: Education Sessions




8:00 – 8:15 am            Welcome and Opening Ceremony
Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe Band

Memorial Tribute and Prayer to the Heroes and Victims of 9/11
National Anthem; Pledge of Allegiance

Gary Petty, NPTC President and CEO
Carol Heinowski, Logistics Manager, Meijer, Inc.
Chair, NPTC Safety Committee

8:15 – 9:30 am            The Efficacy of Active Safety Technologies and Policies within Private Fleets
Private fleets lead the industry in equipping their trucks with multiple types of active safety technologies. To optimize return-on-investment in these technologies and to achieve overall gains in safety performance, private fleets are also giving higher scrutiny to company safety policies and practices. As a result of this leadership role, private fleets have a significant record of experience and available data to form the basis for an independent research study conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and sponsored by NPTC. Learn what principal researchers have found works and why, along with potential models of technology and policy adoption which may be best suited for private fleets.

9:30 – 10:00 am          Break


10:00 – 11:00 am        Predictive Analytics: Using Data to Prevent Accidents Before They Happen
Patterns of safety related data are often predictors of accidents. Systematic analysis of such data can be an invaluable tool for intervention and coaching of drivers whose day-to-day operational performance behind the wheel shows an accident waiting to happen. Data management experts see a future where anticipatory accident prevention through data analysis will be a new core competency for safety professionals. A panel of fleet safety specialists will discuss examples of fleets are already using predictive analytics to great advantage.


11:00 – 12:00 Noon    Medical Card Open Forum
The recent medical card merger with FMCSA’s National Registry Program is the subject considered by a panel of experts discussing how to best ensure your drivers are not adversely affected by this regulatory change which has generated confusion and frustration throughout the industry.


12:00 – 2:00 pm          National Driver All Star Luncheon & Recognition Ceremony
Come honor those drivers who have demonstrated that they are at the top of their profession in terms of safety, compliance and customer service. This unique driver recognition program is sponsored by International Trucks/Navistar, Inc.


2:00 – 3:15 pm            Concurrent “Safety-in-the-Round” Discussions

In these open-forum sessions, participants share freely their challenges, resources and solutions in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

  • Successful DataQs Strategies
  • Mock Auditing
  • Driver Recruiting and Hiring Standards and the PSP Process
  • Driver Training Best Practices

3:15 – 3:30 pm            Break


3:30 – 4:45 pm            Concurrent “Safety-in-the-Round” Discussions

In these open-forum sessions, participants share freely their challenges, resources and solutions in an atmosphere of trust and confidence.

  • Ensuring Compliance for Multiple Sites
  • Key Performance Safety Metrics
  • The Aging Driver and Worker’s Comp
  • Effective Background Investigations

6:00 – 7:00 PM           Sponsored Reception – Special Thanks to our Sponsors


8:00 – 9:00 amThe Catastrophic Accident and How Safety Policies Can Mitigate Accident Liability
One of the nation’s top litigation lawyers specializing in truck accidents will discuss the virtual explosion of commercial truck lawsuits now taking place at an unprecedented scale. Such claims now often include the catastrophic accident involving multiple trucks and passenger vehicles, several trucking company defendants, significant losses of life and property, and record-setting settlement figures and jury awards. From this litigious environment has come a surge in predatory plaintiff attorneys often making outrageous claims—and winning!  In this climate, a trucking company’s safety performance and management philosophies are often “on trial” to expose evidence of insufficient prevention and negligence. Federal regulatory compliance simply is not protection enough from potential liability.  Learn how your fleet may have vulnerabilities and what you can do to optimized best case outcomes in the event of an accident.


9:15 – 10:30 am          Concurrent “Safety-in-the-Round” Discussions

In these open-forum sessions, participants share freely their challenges, resources and solutions in an atmosphere of trust and confidence

  • Behavior Based Safety Strategies: How to identify which driving behaviors are dangerous and how to stop them
  • Managing the “Eaches” – What the Data Is/Is Not Telling You
  • Effective Screening Protocols
  • Developing an Effective Safety Policy

10:45 – 11:15 am        Using CSA to Improve Safety
CSA is the federal government’s law-of-the-land safety scorecard. Learn how private fleets are using the data to lower their accident exposure and improve their safety and compliance performance.


10:15 – 11:00 am        Safety and Private Fleet Justification


11:45 am                     Wrap-Up and Concluding Remarks