Driver Health

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September 25, 2014

Service Checks On DOT Examiners for Carriers

The National Registry Verification Service from J.J. Keller ensures for motor carriers that medical examiners performing DOT mandated physicals on drivers are officially qualified to do so.

September 24, 2014

Certified DOT Physicals to Become Available at Truckstops Nationwide

Truck Stop Health Care is planning to make DOT physicals for CDL drivers available at truckstops in all states across the U.S.

August 25, 2014

Healthy Trucking Association Launches Hepatitis C Initiative

The Healthy Trucking Association of America, in conjunction with OraSure Technologies and AbbVie, has launched the Truckers Rolling Against Hepatitis C nationwide initiative.

August 21, 2014

Don't Get Busted with 'Guilty' Incentive Based Wellness Programs

Getting in trouble with the law is pretty much the last thing on someone’s mind when starting a wellness program, right? But there are some legal issues to consider.

July 28, 2014

Telemedicine Service Aimed at Truck Drivers

Truckers MedCallAssist is a new telemedicine program designed to connect truck drivers instantly with a board-certified emergency-trained physician 24 hours a day.

April 9, 2014

Are Drivers Sitting Ducks?

Excessive sitting has been implicated in increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, disability, depression, weight gain and even some cancers. Just what drivers need to hear.

April 8, 2014

Citing Low Medical Examiner Numbers, OOIDA Calls for Registry Delay

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has requested that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration extend the registration deadline for certified medical examiners, claiming there is a shortage of medical examiners that have been accepted into the new national registry.

March 31, 2014

Freightliner Shows How Drivers Can Get 'FIT' at MATS 2014

At the Mid-America Trucking Show, visitors got a chance to view demonstrations of how drivers can prevent injuries and stay fit with the Freightliner FIT System - all inside the cab.

February 26, 2014

Are High Fuel Prices Killing Drivers?

If it's not bad enough that drivers seldom have the time to eat properly and exercise, escalating fuel costs are driving fleets to buy fuel where it's cheapest, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog. Those places specialize in fast turn-over take-out food, not necessarily the food drivers need for a healthy, balanced diet.

February 24, 2014

How Fitness for Duty Exams Can Prevent Worker’s Comp Claims

There’s a simple way to avoid many worker’s compensation claims: Don’t put the wrong worker to work. The “wrong worker,” simply put, is anyone who is physically unable to perform essential job functions.

February 21, 2014

Carriers Worried but FMCSA Says It’s on Target for Certified Medical Examiners

Starting May 21 all driver medical exams have to be done by an examiner who is certified to the new National Registry standards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes that by May 21 there will be enough examiners certified to handle the work, but trucking interests are not so sure.

January 14, 2014

NIOSH Study Points to Significant Health Risks for Long-Haul Drivers

Long-haul drivers are plagued by significant health risks, according to a new study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Almost 70% of these drivers are obese, compared to 31% of other workers, and the prevalence of morbid obesity is twice as high, 17% versus 7%.

December 11, 2013

Controlling Business Costs, Part 3: Healthcare

Healthier employees also can help control the employer portion of healthcare costs. Since hiring only 100% healthy employees isn't a feasible option, many companies are looking at the benefits of an onsite medical care facility to help improve the health of their employees.

December 2, 2013

TCA Expands Health Competition’s Scope, Renames it 'Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown'

After sponsoring three highly successful weight-loss challenges within the trucking industry, with more than 7,600 pounds lost, the Truckload Carriers Association has now added a 30-week maintenance component. Combined with the initial 10 weeks of weight loss, the entire program will last for 10 months in 2014, and will be called the “Long-Haul Weight Loss Showdown.”

November 22, 2013

Expect Big Impact on Workers Comp from Obesity Classification

The reclassification this summer by the American Medical Association of obesity as “a disease state” effectively declared that one-third of all Americans has a medical condition requiring treatment. The obesity classification will have a tremendous impact on health insurers and workers compensation insurers alike.

September 9, 2013

Sleep Apnea CPAP Battery Test Now Underway at Major Fleet, TMC Says

PITTSBURGH -- A field test of battery-powered CPAP devices to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

August 8, 2013

New Study May Help Drivers Meet Their Blood Pressure Goals

Achieving and maintaining a healthy blood pressure is important not just for a driver's well-being, but is also essential for maintaining a commercial driver’s license.

July 29, 2013

Being Healthy Behind the Wheel

Gaston Töpfer, a long-haul driver with Erb Transport, has plans to run a half marathon. On its own, that may not sound terribly impressive. It’s pretty amazing if you know that not so many months ago, Töpfer was having trouble playing with his kids for more than a few minutes due to his weight.

July 10, 2013

Urgent Care Travel Opens Location in Oklahoma City

Urgent Care Travel is opening a second location in Oklahoma City, the second location for the company, which plans to open as many as 100 urgent care facilities at Pilot Flying J travel centers.

July 8, 2013

Taking the Driver Physical to a New Level

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who shares the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

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