Health Services with the Driver in Mind: Unprecedented Program Helps Improve Truck Drivers' Health
Few outsiders can imagine the physical, family and personal challenges that come with a truck driver's job. Schneider National Inc. (Green Bay, Wis.), a transportation and logistics company serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500®, has implemented a comprehensive program to help drivers meet these challenges, and to work and live in optimal health.
The 12 centers are staffed by full-time, certified physical and occupational therapists who work one-to-one with drivers, and who can provide expert referrals for other challenges they often face, including sleep disorders, smoking, family, and personal issues.
To make the process simple for the driver, the in-house clinics are tied together through an electronic medical records system. As a driver moves from Fontana, Ca. to Charlotte, N.C., his records move with him. Treatment started at one location can be maintained efficiently at another, allowing the driver to maintain a normal work schedule.
"Our success depends on our drivers," said Wendy Sullivan, Occupational Health Manager for Schneider. "These hard-working people struggle with the same health issues as you and I, but theirs are often made worse because they're away from home for extended periods, without easy access to health services."
Drew Bossen, Executive Vice President of Atlas Ergonomics, observed, "Schneider's approach is unique and proactive, and demonstrates deep commitment to employees and their families. Other organizations respond to employees bringing issues forward, but the goal of this program is to seek out potential problems and make finding a solution as simple as possible."
Bossen went on to say, "For example, over the next few weeks, during training, drivers will complete comprehensive discomfort surveys, allowing us to pinpoint specific problems and provide immediate help at easily accessible locations."
Said Schneider's Sullivan, "Our goal is to make caring for our drivers and their families as easy and effective as possible. By doing so we are able to better support our people and our values."
Both organizations say they plan to expand the program's services and locations.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National, Inc. is a premier provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services. Serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 500® companies, Schneider National offers the broadest portfolio of services in the industry. The company's transportation and logistics solutions include One-Way, Intermodal, Transportation Management, Dedicated and Bulk. With wholly owned subsidiaries Schneider Logistics, American Port Services and American Overseas Air Freight, Schneider National is the only truckload carrier to offer customers end-to-end domestic and international logistics solutions.
Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Schneider National has provided expert transportation and logistics solutions for more than 70 years. A $3.5 billion company, Schneider National conducts business in more than 28 countries in North America, Europe and Asia, and continues to grow its international service offerings. For more information about Schneider National visit www.schneider.com or call (800) 558-6767.
About Atlas Ergonomics, LLC
Atlas Ergonomics, LLC is a leading ergonomic service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of work related injuries within industrial, office, and commercial driver environments. Atlas guides clients to financially evaluate and define the appropriate strategy, and offers services that are uniquely simple, measurable, and cost effective. Atlas Ergonomics provides turnkey support through a nationwide network of providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology. Atlas Ergonomics is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found at www.atlasergo.com.