New Research Shows Health Risks Associated Within The Transportation Industry Workforce
|Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions|
Grand Haven, Michigan (June 3, 2019) – In the third white paper in a series of research examining demographic and wellness trends within the transportation industry, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions (www.atlas-ips.com) reveals the correlation between certain physical and behavioral elements and the risks to employee health and wellness.
The newly released white paper titled Relationship between Demographics and Wellness in the Transportation Industry details the results of a five-year study of 15,165 drivers and non-drivers in a subset of the transportation industry (non-drivers employed in terminals, warehouses, shops, and offices).
Factors measured include: body mass index (BMI), tobacco use, age, and gender and how these factors impact driver and non-driver health. The paper, an expansion of two previous papers in the series, outlines potential risk factors that contribute to health concerns facing drivers.
Findings in the paper include:
Findings in the paper include:
- Increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes: Of the 15,165 participants who completed biometric screening, 33% had at least 3 out of 5 conditions involved with metabolic syndrome (MetS), which is a collection of conditions that occur together.
- Increased percentage of MetS in younger drivers: Drivers between ages 40 and 59 years shared the same risks as their 60+ year-old counterparts.
- Tobacco use and drivers: Drivers are 130% more likely to smoke than their non-driver counterparts.
- The need for targeted health and training: Addressing BMI as a medical condition, understanding health risks associated with aging, adopting smoking cessation programs, and targeting drivers for training/health programs can decrease development of MetS conditions and slow the rate at which MetS risks increase with age.
“Our goal with this paper is to inform health and safety professionals in the transportation industry on how to identify and prioritize higher-risk drivers,” says James Landsman, president of Atlas IPS. “In the white paper, we use the results of our analysis to identify and justify recommendations to help companies reduce risk exposure and ensure better employee health and wellness.”
To view the full Atlas white paper, titled Relationship between Demographics and Wellness in the Transportation Industry, click here.
About Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions, LLC
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions (IPS) is a leading injury prevention and management service and technology provider, helping customers reduce the spiraling costs of injuries within industrial, office, distribution, transportation, and healthcare environments. Atlas guides clients to financially evaluate and define the appropriate strategy, and offers services that are uniquely simple, measurable, and cost effective. Atlas IPS provides turnkey support through the nation’s largest network of professional service providers or can assist corporate resources with the necessary training and technology. Atlas IPS is located in Grand Haven, Michigan, and additional information can be found at www.atlas-ips.com.