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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.

A new workplace road safety program will be launched in the second part of this year.

The National Road Transport Commission (NTC) has been working with the business sector over the past two years to develop the National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP).

“Work-related road crashes account for almost half of all occupational fatalities in Australia and 15 per cent of the national road toll,” says NTC Acting Chief Executive George Konstandakos in a media statement.

“As almost half of the new vehicles sold in Australia each year are purchased by businesses, there is an opportunity for them to have a significant impact on road safety.”

The NRSPP is based on the ‘Safe System’, which involves safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speeds and safe roads.

The fundamental objectives are to make the road transport system more forgiving of human error and to minimise unsafe road user behaviour, says the NRSPP final strategy document.

The business sector can influence road safety through direct influence on what happens ‘on the ground’, the supply chain, employment, testing research, and feedback to the government and researchers, the document adds.


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