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Welcome to the February 2008 edition of TIRES e-news, a periodic newsletter brought to you by the health and safety experts of the TIRES Initiative.

New this month

new Load Smart - Your Driver Will Thank You
Communication about efficient and safe load placement is the key to preventing injuries.
Download a pdf file, Load Smart. (180 KB)

new Safety Programs Increase Productivity
How to implement a positive safety climate.
Download a pdf file, Productivity. (121 KB)

new Grants Available for Safety and Health Innovations
$8 million in Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grants are available to stimulate development of creative, new advancements in workplace safety and health in Washington. Eligible grant projects will aim to prevent injuries and illnesses, save lives, and educate workers and employers about workplace hazards and safe workplace activities.
For more information, click here.

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For more information about injury prevention strategies in trucking, including links to existing documents and posters, click here.

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The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project was developed by the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program of Washington's Department of Labor and Industries.

The Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) project team and the TIRES steering committee are working with the Washington State trucking industry to identify causes for the most frequent injuries and working to develop effective strategies for preventing them.

The TIRES steering committee is made up of a diverse group of professionals that includes: drivers, safety people from large and small trucking companies, labor and business associations, insurers and a representative from a publicly funded truck driving school.

Funded in part by a grant from CDC NIOSH 5 U60 OH 008487. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/NIOSH.

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