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Federal Panels to Discuss Driver Wellness Initiative

September 4, 2015

By David Cullen

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board will  meet jointly on Sept. 21-22 in Arlington, Vir., to discuss setting up a new “driver wellness initiative” as well as other ways to foster the health and wellness of commercial-vehicle drivers.

FMCSA characterized the initiative as “a non-regulatory public-private partnership of stakeholders to improve drivers' health” and said that its “structure, content, delivery, and evaluation” will be discussed by the members of MRB and MCSAC.

The advisory groups will also “identify” other concepts the Agency and stakeholders should consider regarding driver health and wellness, FMCSA noted.

The meeting will be open to the public for its entirety.

It will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202.

Copies of the MRB and MCSAC joint task statement and a meeting agenda will be made available in advance of the meeting at the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee website and at the Medical Review Board site.

Comments

  1. 1. Kenny scott [ September 08, 2015 @ 04:13AM ]

    That will be great. They have already screwed up the Dot physical. In my City they have reduce the number of Offices to get a physical to two because of the new certication for Doctors. I know a little bit about Doctor offices because my wife is a manager for a 5 doctor practice. They all said screw the certication because of the new rule and paperwork as did dozen of other Doctors in the city. out of the two offices in our city one has two physician assistants and the other is a chiropractor giving the DOT physical. All thou a chiropractor has a doctor title and a Pa is well trained neither have the training of a Family Doctor to truly look after the health care of an individual. I personally now this for a fact because I went to the office with the pa and they took my blood pressure with an undersized cuff and on the wrong arm and ask me my weight instead of weighting me, you got to be kidding me. I know another driver who went to to the chiropractor and was told not to drink to much because he should not pee more than six times a day, again you have to be kidding me. As a independent every major problem in my life is induced by the Feds. I now large companies are being killed also. Leave us alone and Let the Doctors do there job. Some webinars would surfice to train the docs on rules and that is all that is needed.

  2. 2. Dr. Gene Ouellette [ September 11, 2015 @ 02:31PM ]

    Kenny, I am a Chiropractic Physician who does DOT Physicals and I do it straight down the line, by the book and by the numbers. Our job as DOT examiners is NOT to look after the healthcare of a driver, as you state it, but to be sure that a driver is medically qualified to do the job safely and doesn't have any underlying medical conditions that cause accidents!

  3. 3. Ken Ryan [ September 14, 2015 @ 02:07PM ]

    Thank you Dr. Gene Ouellete for your previous post!!
    The NHSTA has made a complete mockery of their health and wellness program for truck drivers. They refuse to address the real everyday problems that drivers have in all aspects of driving every day..
    Very large numbers of complaints have been filed by many drivers through the NHSTA website, but in looking through them almost none have been reviewed and no actions taken to resolve the many problems that directly affect the safety of truck drivers and the many other drivers on the road and the many accidents involving injury, accidents or deaths to themselves and others. In automobiles you see recalls happening all the time but I have yet to see any for big trucks!! No recalls for Fumes coming inside the trucks, trucks losing all power, steering, brakes, tires etc.. Many of the fume complaints are because of the new exhaust emissions standards forced by our current administration, before enough testing had been done to ensure safety. In my past experience in the reporting of any of these have been totally ignored, including any and all correspondence about it. I was even told on several occasions do not call or send any material about it”.
    The last study that appears to have been done on toxic fumes, particulates, soot, carbon monoxide, ventilations systems and safety systems to help monitor these was done in 1998,, 16 years ago!.
    CO poisoning, particulates, soot and toxic fumes results in progressively more severe symptoms, including: Sleep apnea, medical conditions such as Headache, Fatigue, Shortness of breath, Nausea, Dizziness, Mental confusion, Vomiting, Loss of muscular coordination, Loss of consciousness and finally, death.
    Why have so many drivers found dead, well over 150 documented on one website, in trucks with the cause being "no foul play suspe

 

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