Listed below are resources providing information on topics of interest to a mobile workforce. Whether you are researching data to support implementation of new fleet safety policies, or simply want to be more informed in a particular area, these websites can help. Click on the topics below for further information.
- Driver Safety
- Vehicle Manufacturer Incentives
- Fleet Management
- Ergonomic Considerations
- Health Hazards of Sitting Too Much
We know that driver safety is of primary concern for fleet managers. With the increased use of mobile electronics, addressing distracted driving issues has become even more critical. These websites provide current data on distracted driving as well as other important driver safety issues.
The US Department of Transportation website for distracted driving provides facts, statistics, research and state laws pertaining to distracted driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website provides overall vehicle safety information including research, data, laws and regulations.
The Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) is an employer-led public/private partnership. Their website provides safety facts, tips and resources.
Vehicle Manufacturer Incentive
Most of the major vehicle manufacturers have upfit incentive programs available for fleet vehicles. The implementation and terms of the programs vary by manufacturer. For further details, links to some of the programs are provided.
These resources address issues pertinent to the field of fleet management. They provide invaluable information on every aspect of the fleet industry.
The National Auto Fleet Association website provides information on networking, publications, regional chapter meetings, government representation, seminars, online information, and their annual Institute & Expo.
This is the website for the Automotive Fleet magazine, which addresses the needs of those interested in car and truck fleet management.
Ergonomics is important for anyone who sits at a desk and/or works on a computer. It is defined as the science of designing the workplace to accommodate the worker.
Ergonomics helps to reduce stress, fatigue, and musculoskeletal discomfort. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Implementing proper ergonomic techniques help reduce workers compensation claims.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration website provides data and recommendations on a variety of ergonomic topics such as proper working positions, proper workstation environments, workstation components, workstation assessments and checklists.
The Cornell University website allows a user to find out recommendations based on the part of the body that is hurting or how to set up a workstation to avoid injury.
The University of Minnesota website provides information for laptop workstation set up as well as using a laptop on the go.
Health Hazards of Sitting Too Much
Catch phrases like "sitting is the new smoking" and "sitting disease" have become more prevalent in recent years. New research by the CDC and Mayo Clinic has proven a link exists between sedentary lifestyles and higher risks for many chronic illnesses including heart disease and type II diabetes. The links below provide summaries of the emerging research and suggestions for mitigating the long term effects of sitting too much.
The Mayo Clinic Healthy Lifestyle blog asks questions to determine your risk for sitting disease and what can be done to lessen the effects of sitting too much.
The Mayo Clinic and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide some of the underlying research into the topic of sitting disease.
This article provides infographics related to sitting too much.