Driver Health

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October 28, 2014

FMCSA Wants Stricter Prescription Narcotics Restrictions

Truck drivers who use prescribed narcotics should not be allowed to drive, say the doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. That could mean changes in driver medical exams.

October 24, 2014

Driver Use of Schedule II Drugs Gets Scrutiny

The doctors who advise the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are recommending closer scrutiny of drivers using Schedule II drugs, such as opioid-containing prescription pain relievers and medications for attention deficit disorder.

October 13, 2014

Congressmen Air Concerns About Sleep Apnea Training

Two congressmen have told the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that some of the organizations providing sleep apnea training to medical examiners are teaching the wrong material.

October 13, 2014

Health + Sock Prevents Driver Health Risks

The Swiftwick Health+ sock improves blood flow to the lower leg by providing compression from the ankle to the lower leg.

October 13, 2014

Do Drivers With Sleep Apnea Have to Use a CPAP Machine?

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a malady affecting many truck drivers, the standard treatment has long been the C-PAP device, a continuous positive airway pressure. But many find it cumbersome, and some companies market oral appliances to treat the condition. Will they meet new federal guidelines for treating apnea?

October 7, 2014

Health-Care Provider Offers Truck Stop Physicals

SAN DIEGO -- UrgentCareTravel’s DOT and medical services membership program offers drivers and their family members access to DOT physicals and other medical services at several truck stop locations.

October 4, 2014

ATA Leaders, Professional Drivers Take Healthy Trucker Challenge

SAN DIEGO -- Who's healthier? A group of trucking fleet executives or members of America's Road Team? The Health Trucker Challenge aims to find out during this week's American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition.

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.

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