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The Trucking Industry Looks at Sleep

Published March 2, 2010 8:32 AM by Amy Reavis
Those of us who have been in the field for any length of time know that people who drive for a living have a higher than average chance of a sleep disorder. That's why the Sleep Apnea & Trucking Conference being held May 11-12 in Baltimore is so exciting.

The conference, organized by the American Sleep Apnea Association and co-sponsored by the American Trucking Association and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, offers important information about the impact of sleep apnea on trucking for trucking management, health care providers, occupational health professionals, and insurance/risk management agencies. The meeting will cover why truckers and trucking companies need to be aware of sleep apnea and the legal implications of sleep apnea.

This is one conference you will want to attend if you work with trucking companies or want to learn how to set up a program with your local company. I can tell you that this is an opportunity to get on the ground floor of future growth in our field. Sleep is ever changing, but the one thing you can be certain of is that if you don't get a good night sleep and you get behind the wheel, there's the potential for an accident. If we work with the driving community to help them be efficiently evaluated and treated for their sleep problems, then we can help to make the roads significantly safer for everyone.

Organizers have extended the deadline to March 15 to receive the early-bird discounted price of $195. For more info, visit www.satc2010.org.

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