Drowsy driving causes more than
100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and
1,550 deaths. As tragic as these numbers are, they only
tell a portion of the story. It is widely recognized that
drowsy driving is underreported as a cause of crashes. And
this doesn't include incidents caused by driver inattention.
Combating drowsy driving crashes
among shift workers.
1996, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) embarked on an effort to reduce the effects that
fatigue and driver inattention have on highway safety. While
everyone is susceptible to drowsy-driving crashes, shift
workers run a particularly high risk. Their natural sleep
patterns are disrupted by working nights or long and irregular
In collaboration with National Center
on Sleep Disorders Research (NCSDR), NHTSA developed an
education program to increase shift workers' awareness of
the dangers of drowsy driving, help them to improve the
quality of their sleep and reduce sleepiness, and ultimately,
reduce the incidence of drowsy driving.
A workplace education program
that really works.
This comprehensive program is specifically
designed for businesses and organizations like yours that
employ workers beyond the typical "9 to 5" workday.
Program materials include a Better Sleep Video, Workplace
Posters, Shift Worker Brochure, Tip Card, Employer Administrator's
Guide with PowerPoint Training Sessions, and a Brochure
for Shift Work Families. The program will not only help
you reduce on-the-job risks, but improve the productivity
and quality of life of your employees as well. Descriptions
of the program materials follow. Take a look and decide
which materials will work best for your organization.
To view program materials,
click on sidebar titles or the images below.