Overview Of Package

As a heavy vehicle driver, fitness for duty comprehends various areas of life. Besides fatigue or lack of sleep, it is directly related to our lifestyle and everyday choices. In a recent Australian study, 75% of truck drivers reported having a diagnosis of a physical medical condition, and 23% reported diagnosis of a mental health condition [1]. Integral and long-lasting fitness for duty is the result of diverse strategies to support drivers.

It is well-known heavy vehicle drivers are one the most at risk professions for chronic physical and mental conditions, affecting not only their job performance but also their overall wellbeing. In fact, patterns of low sleep duration and sedentary behaviours have been recorded on non-workdays, as well as workdays [2].

A recent study found 70% of interviewed Australian truck drivers do not follow a healthy and balanced diet, and 51% do not meet physical activity guidelines. Researchers have proven the relationship between work organisation characteristics and drivers health and performance, is not only strong but also complex and dynamic [3].

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 For Duty  poster

  • Supporting PowerPoint Slides

  • Fitness For Duty video (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), 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 Accident Research Centre (MUARC), “Determinants Impacting Health And Performance Of Truck Drivers – Telephone Survey,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.nrspp.org.au/resources/ determinants-impacting-health-and-performance-of-truck-driverstelephone- survey-by-muarc/.
  2. N. D. Gilson, G. I. Mielke, J. S. Coombes, N. Feter, E. Smith, M. J. Duncan, G. Wallis and W. J. Brown, “VO2peak and 24-hour sleep, sedentary behavior, and physical activity in Australian truck drivers,” Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, vol. 31, no. 7, pp. 1574-1578, 2021.
  3. National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP), “NRSPP Fact Sheet: Prescription Drugs & Driving,” 2020. [Online]. Available: https://www. nrspp.org.au/resources/nrspp-fact-sheet-prescription-drugs-driving/.
  4. European Union – Council of the European Union, “Mobility package: Council adopts truck drivers reform,” 2020. [Online]. Available: https:// www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2020/04/07/mobilitypackage- council-adopts-truck-drivers-reform/.
  5. W. S. Boyce, “Does truck driver health and wellness deserve more attention?,” Journal of Transport & Health, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 124-128, 2016.
  6. S. Skerlic and V. Erculj, “The Impact of Financial and Non-Financial Work Incentives on the Safety Behavior of Heavy Truck Drivers,” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7967259/.
  7. Grasshopper Environmental, “(Interview),” 2021. [Online]. Available: https://grasshopper.net.au/.