Overview Of Package

Heavy vehicle drivers in Australia are considered a high-risk population to develop heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and mental illness [4].

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 [4].

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 [4].

Studies have found working schedules and lack of company were perceived as the most relevant barriers for truck drivers to increase physical activity [5].

This package contains:

  • A generic overview of Toolbox Talk Discussion and how it can be applied to work driving safety, including a step by step process to assist team leaders/managers and facilitators to lead a Toolbox Talk discussion.

  • Aid for the promotion of discussion

  • Topic background information and fact sheet x3

  • Discussion prompt sheet

  • Participant attendance record sheet

  • Participant self-assessment sheet

  • Discussion review sheet

  • Fitness poster

  • Supporting PowerPoint Slides

  • Fitness Video Link (access video here or contact NRSPP to download)

Author Acknowledgement

This Toolbox Talk has been developed in collaboration with Jerome Carslake (NRSPP), Jennifer Rivera-Gonzalez (MUARC), Kyla Fantin (NRSPP Swinburne Intern 2021/22), Ruby Athanas (NRSPP Swinburne Intern 2021/22),  Tim Roberts (FleetStrategy).

Toolbox Talks Branding, marketing and promotional videos were completed by the Swinburne Design Bureau: Dr Shivani Tyagi (Communication Design Lecturer Swinburne and Director of Design Bureau), Kai Djeng (videos and editing), Emelia Cox (videos and editing), Amanda Wang (videos and editing) Lachlan Tobin (marketing and communications), Lauren Gualano (branding and logo design).

Toolbox Talks Steering Group includes: James Zarb (Viva Energy), Craig Beikoff (BINGO Industries), Jim Sarkis (BINGO Industries), Mark Noble (Holcim), Daniel Brain (Toll Group), Adam Ritzinger (Toll Group), Peter Johansson (Zurich), Steve Power (Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia), Mike Mulligan (Qube).


  1. Monash University, “Driving Health,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https:// drivinghealth.net/research/.
  2. Australian Government – Department of Health, “Physical activity and exercise guidelines for all Australians – For adults (18 to 64 years),” [Online]. Available: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/physicalactivity- and-exercise/physical-activity-and-exercise-guidelines-for-allaustralians/ for-adults-18-to-64-years.
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