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One thousand heavy vehicle drivers are being tested at truck stops for health risks until 10 February.

The testing is part of a joint initiative between Safe Work Australia, National Transport Commission, preventionXpress and the Institute for Breathing and Sleeping to improve truck driver health.

The testing started in December 2013, and drivers in New South Wales and Victoria are being tested from 26 January until 10 February.

Drivers are offered a free, confidential, 10-minute health check conducted by a preventionXpress health professional. It involves testing height, weight, blood pressure and a blood prick test for diabetes, and a lifestyle questionnaire.

“Through the health checks truck drivers will learn more about their risk of Australia’s five major chronic preventable diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes,” says Safe Work Australia.

“Personal health risk factors like alcohol, tobacco, balanced diet, physical activity, effective sleep pattern, fatigue and psychological health and wellbeing will also be identified.”

Any at risk drivers will be referred to their GP.

The de-identified health information collected at the truck stops will be reported to the National Transport Commission and Safe Work Australia and used to create preventative health programs for the road freight transport industry.

For more details visit the testing initiative.

Published on 30 January 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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