FMCSA creates new health regulations law
Trucking carriers and other companies have established wellness programs recently to promote trucker health, but the industry will now receive help via federal government legislation. A new law will change the medical certification standards that are required for an individual to obtain a commercial driver's license.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in the 4,000 fatal accidents involving commercial drivers each year, approximately 15 percent were caused by driver fatigue or other health issues. The new law will ensure that future truck drivers are feeling well enough to drive before they get behind the wheel.
"I view this as an opportunity for health care providers to make a difference in their lives," said Dr. Clayton Cowl, a practicing physician who is helping to establish the training programs so that doctors can be certified under the new law. "It's their chance to emphasize the importance of preventive health care and get them pointed in terms of pursuing healthier lifestyles."
The new regulations will require more rigorous, thorough medical examinations by specially-trained and certified healthcare providers. These doctors will be held more accountable for qualifying drivers who do not meet standards. The FMCSA estimates that they will train approximately 40,000 medical examiners to perform the three million exams required by drivers every year.
The FMCSA's new law will take effect in May, 2014.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Trucking carriers and other companies have established wellness programs recently to promote trucker health, but the industry will now receive help via federal government legislation.