Heavy vehicle drivers in Australia are considered a high-risk population to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and mental illness .

Although ‘fitness to drive’ is a concept well accepted and considered in the industry, no objective cardiorespiratory fitness data is recorded. In such a vulnerable population group this detailed data is necessary to design preventive and effective interventions. Local studies have identified a ‘physical activity paradox’ in the heavy vehicle sector. Although drivers report relatively high levels of physical activity during their workdays, its duration or intensity are not enough to reap health benefits.

The talk features interviews with drivers from Toll, Qube and Alex Fraser. Each give their own tips and stories about their experiences and how to stay healthy, but ultimately they share the same message: the importance of fitness.

A fact sheet, poster, facilitator guide, overview and PowerPoint are also included. The fact sheets are available in three different versions, depending on the audience. One is targeted towards drivers, one towards companies and the other includes all the information.

The Toolbox Talk is designed to be flexible so your organisation can present or distribute it as you see fit.

The package was peer reviewed by industry experts to ensure it is relevant, accurate and delivered in a way that will engage drivers. This information is sourced from a combination of industry bodies and scholarly texts.

The HVTBT project is delivered thanks to key funding provided through the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s (NHVR) Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the federal government.

NRSPP thanks its industry working group, which consists of BINGO Industries, ComfortDelGro Australia, Heavy Vehicle Association of Australia, Holcim, Monash University Accident Research Centre, Qube, Swinburne University, Toll Global Express, Toll Group, Viva Energy and Zurich Insurance.

To download the full pack  here.