Many of our responsible fleet owners choose to be proactive with regard to the physical well-being of their drivers and go to considerable lengths to ensure that they get the best medical care. Sadly, many neglect an area which is of growing concern and that is the mental side of health.
With that in mind fleet operators are being encouraged to give more consideration to the mental health of their drivers, with the researchers behind a set of recently published guidelines warning that a poor state of mind can increase crash risk.
Evidence suggests male-dominated workforces, such as the haulage and logistics sectors, are among the hardest hit by the effects of poor mental health.
To help combat this, mental health is an important element of this new set of guidelines, which have been made available to help managers support the older professional drivers within their organisation.
The guidelines, developed by the Age, Health and Professional Drivers Network (AHPD Network), focus on 10 areas of health and well-being which research has identified as significant.
The guidelines also cover physical health issues including healthy eating and obesity, which can lead to medical conditions that also impact on road safety, such as sleep apnoea.
The AHPD guidelines wheel of best practice as shown below deals with the critical factors.
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