CVSA Adopts Educational Program to Prevent Driver Fatigue – Safety and Compliance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tasked CVSA with the management and development of the North American Fatigue Management Program.

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will run an education and training program designed to prevent fatigue-related risks and accidents and cultivate a corporate safety culture that works proactively to eliminate driver fatigue.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tasked CVSA with the management and development of the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). The NAFMP Steering Committee also includes Transport Canada, which works closely with the FMCSA to support the program.

The NAFMP was developed by medical and sleep scientists from Canada and the United States in a four-phase, multi-year process. The program was designed to prevent driver fatigue and eliminate fatigue-related crashes by:

  • Provide easy-to-access online training and education on fatigue prevention to commercial vehicle drivers, motor carrier executives and managers, freight forwarders and receivers, dispatchers, driver managers, spouses and families of drivers, safety managers and trainers, etc.
  • Encourage a safety culture for motor carriers that proactively considers situations that can contribute to driver fatigue and fights to prevent it
  • Identify sleep disorders and treatment options
  • Use of driver fatigue management technologies

CVSA plans to enrich, improve and develop the program by organizing question-and-answer sessions and webinars on topics related to fatigue management, hosting an online forum, offering information sessions and organizing program and steering committee meetings to discuss program improvements. Content will be offered in English, French and Spanish.

Download a step-by-step implementation manual and register on the e-learning platform for the program’s courses.

The online training and educational courses available through this program are free, voluntary, and self-paced.

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