professional drivers: Early diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea

Introduction to obstructive sleep apnoea

This briefing arose from a campaign by Unite lorry drivers in the North East of England who wanted to raise awareness about obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) for professional drivers.

Feeling tired at work may be for a variety of reasons, not necessarily because they are suffering from OSA, and they should seek advice from their GP.

Proper and early diagnosis of any condition along with appropriate medical treatment from the NHS is essential for members' continued health at work. Seeking medical advice is also important to ensure that professional drivers can comply with the DVSA medical standards - self-diagnosis is not a suitable option.

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Roadside Eye-Catchers Drive Motorists To Distraction

UK drivers are putting themselves at risk because they struggle to keep their eyes on the road.

Roadside objects such as billboards, flashing signs and Christmas decorations cause a third of motorists (32 percent) to lose concentration while behind the wheel.

With 41 percent of these drivers confessing to being distracted for up to 5 seconds – which equates to driving 15 car lengths at 30mph – two and a half times, the stopping distance needed at this speed.

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Driven to Distraction

“Each day in the United States, approximately 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver”.

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Another frequent question is whether talking on the phone is really any more dangerous than putting on mascara, shaving, or reading a map while driving — all things we’ve seen drivers do. I reply that indeed, any activity that distracts a driver visually or cognitively increases the risk of an accident. (And for clinicians, that includes dictating.) It’s just that cell-phone use is far more widespread than these other activities. But none of them is safe.

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Maintaining truck and trailer fridge units

Maintaining truck and trailer fridge units has become a lot more challenging in recent years, thanks to the impact of environmental legislation, reports Steve Banner.  The European Union's latest regulations on fluorinated greenhouse gases (EU 517/2014), in force since January 2015, means that all refrigeration systems on trucks and trailers must be inspected annually for leaks by an F-gas certified technician, says Carrier Transicold northern Europe managing director Scott Dargan.

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Do we have a booze / drink problem

Every company policy state that if you drink on the road your job will be terminated. Also, if any alcohol is found in your truck by your company your employment will also be terminated. Most of the major transport companies also have a mandate that all drivers involved in a road traffic accident will need to take a compulsorily drug and alcohol test. The consumption of alcohol is prevalent amongst professional drivers and stress has been linked to the increase in consumption. 

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Smuggler Hides Asylum Seekers In Back Of Refrigerated Truck

A gang ringleader has been jailed for smuggling hundreds of migrants, including children, into Britain inside refrigerated lorries.   Alket Dauti, a UK-based Albanian, worked with corrupt lorry drivers to bring people into the country illegally via the Channel ports.

He was arrested in June at his home in Penge, south-east London, as part of a joint UK-Belgian investigation into organised crime.  

The 31-year-old was convicted in his absence by a court in Belgium last month and has now been sent there to serve his ten year sentence and also been fined £625,000.

Two other men, described as his 'lieu­tenants', were Sentenced to eight years each and await extradition. Belgian prosecutors believe the gang made hun­dreds of attempts to smuggle migrants into the UK.

Only some were stopped by the Border Force. The National Crime Agency's Andrea Wilson said: 'Dauti treated desperate migrants as commodities he could make money from. He was perfectly happy to risk their lives on incredibly danger­ous journeys in the backs of lorries.'

She added: 'Through our close work­ing with the Belgian Federal Police and prosecutors, we have taken out a sig­nificant organised crime group involved in bringing migrants to the UK illegally. Dauti was head of that group.'

Mental ill-health and workplace stress

Mental ill-health and workplace stress can have a serious negative effect on productivity and business efficiency.

The mental health of employees is as important in the workplace as their physical wellbeing.    It includes an individual's emotional, psychological and social wellbeing and influences how they handle stress. 

Poor mental health can vary from feeling "down" to suffering from anxiety and depression Usually, an individual's mental health will fluctuate depending on the pressures they are experiencing.

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