• The Safety Management Council is the only national organization dedicated to advancing safe policies, practices and technology; and effective risk management and accident/injury prevention in the trucking industry. Most states have their own SMC subgroup, including Oregon. SMC also addresses trucking’s unique human resource challenges, health and wellness issues, as well as recruitment and retention strategies. It exists to serve, promote and create value for members and the industry through research, education, information dissemination, peer interaction, consensus building, and incentive programs which inspire corporate and individual excellence and contribute to safer, more secure and profitable trucking operations and industry.

    The SMC plays an important role in furthering OTA's commitment to the safety and well-being of its members. With a number of opportunities to get involved, fleet safety directors and other safety personnel are encouraged be engaged, stay up to date on the latest industry trends, share best practices, and motivate others to stay safe. Each year, the SMC helps plan special events including the Spring Safety Conference and always exciting Truck Driving Championships in the summer. The group also helps organize educational meetings that may include guest speakers from safety-oriented groups, like FMCSA and ODOT, and current topics (example: the Clearinghouse). Look for these events and training opportunities on the OTA Events Calendar.

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    Nomination forms for both Safety Professional of the Year and SMC Fleet Safety Award typically are available beginning of the year. Watch our website and digital publications for an announcement!