Philips Respironics, Murrysville, Pa, has launched a new program aimed at increasing awareness of OSA throughout the trucking industry. The Sleep Well, Drive Safe program is designed to help trucking companies achieve a reduction in driver turnover, liability premiums, and costs related to motor-vehicle accidents due to fatigue attributed to OSA.
The Sleep Well, Drive Safe program comprises five elements: education, screening, testing, therapy, and compliance. A Web site has also been launched to accompany the program.
“We hope that this program will increase awareness of OSA and get a majority of drivers tested and treated within the trucking industry,” says Chick Maffei, manager of national key accounts at Philips Respironics. “Our goal is to help provide a safer working environment for truckers and, ultimately, safer highways for everyone.”