Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the North American Fatigue Management Program?
- Will information in NAFMP be available in both French and English?
- Why was the NAFMP Developed?
- What is included in NAFMP?
- How do I get more information on the NAFMP?
- How can commercial vehicle drivers and carriers and members of the supply chain determine where to make best use of NAFMP?
- How will NAFMP benefit the supply chain?
- Do drivers and carriers need to implement the entire NAFMP to gain benefit?
- How will NAFMP benefit truck drivers?
- How will the implementation of NAFMP impact my bottom line as a carrier?
- How was NAFMP developed and what research was done to determine the effectiveness of implementing an FMP?
- Who developed the NAFMP?
- Can drivers participate in the NAFMP even if their carrier does not participate?
- Would a safety supervisor of a carrier that has chosen to implement the NAFMP be able to track an employee driver, dispatcher or support staff understanding of the concepts and practices of the program?
- Will the use of the NAFMP be mandatory?
- Does NAFMP replace the need for truck driver hours of service regulations?
- How will the NAFMP be effective?
- How will the NAFMP assist in mitigating fatigue?
What is the North American Fatigue Management Program?
The NAFMP is a voluntary, fully interactive web-based educational and training program developed to provide both truck and bus commercial vehicle drivers and carriers and others in the supply chain, with an awareness of the factors contributing to fatigue and its impact on performance. Guidance on health and wellness, time management, vehicle technologies and scheduling best-practices provide effective mitigation strategies to addressing fatigue while maintaining a healthy and productive work/life balance.
Will information in NAFMP be available in both French and English?
Yes, all educational opportunities and materials will be available in both French and English.
Why was the NAFMP Developed?
While Truck Driver Hours of Service (HoS) regulations address a driver’s hours of work and the required off duty time that must be allotted each day they cannot dictate lifestyle choices outside of the work environment. There are many off-work factors that may contribute to fatigue (including physical health, the demands of busy personal lives, time-of-day, scheduling and stress) that can only be addressed through optional educational opportunities such as the NAFMP. Many in the supply chain may not be fully aware of the different factors that can contribute to fatigue in the day-to-day lives of drivers, and the potential impact it could have on highway safety and a driver’s physical health. The variety of educational opportunities and strategies in the NAFMP will create a comfortable environment for all interested participants in the supply chain to develop awareness and understanding the complexities of these issues and successful mitigation strategies..
What is included in NAFMP?
The NAFMP website that will include:
- A dedicated website containing all NAFMP materials and guidance
- 10 learning modules that will provide information and best practices on how to manage fatigue to all levels of motor carrier operations, drivers, and drivers’ families;
- An Implementation Manual that will provide direction and support to carriers on how to deploy the NAFMP in a carrier operating environment;
- A Business Case and Return-On-Investment calculator that will provide guidance to carriers on determining the cost/benefit of deploying the NAFMP;
- A Learning Management System that will provide students in the program with an interactive on-line learning experience complete with chapter quizzes and module exams to support comprehension of the material.
How do I get more information on the NAFMP?
www.nafmp.org for materials and information in English
http://www.pnagf.com/ for materials and information in French
How can commercial vehicle drivers and carriers and members of the supply chain determine where to make best use of NAFMP?
In addition to addressing improvement in safety performance and driver health and wellness, the NAFMP Business Case and Return on Investment calculator will provide participants with cost/benefit information they would require to support a decision to deploy the program within their organization.
How will NAFMP benefit the supply chain?
The NAFMP will provide the most up to date educational information and research on driver health and wellness, and life style management for all members of the supply chain.
Do drivers and carriers need to implement the entire NAFMP to gain benefit?
No, a driver or carrier will receive benefit from the information provided in each of the 10 learning modules and can pick and choose which modules to implement. The full benefit of the program would require adoption of all materials and guidance by all members of the supply chain, but a phased implementation would be a sound approach.
How will NAFMP benefit truck drivers?
The NAFMP will provide the most up-to-date educational information and research on driver health and wellness and lifestyle management for drivers to live healthy and productive lifestyles.
How will the implementation of NAFMP impact my bottom line as a carrier?
In addition to addressing improvement in safety performance and driver health and wellness, the NAFMP Return-on-Investment calculator will provide carrier executives and owners with cost/benefit information they would require to support a decision to deploy the program within their organization.
How was NAFMP developed and what research was done to determine the effectiveness of implementing an FMP?
Clinical and operational components were designed in a three-phase research program over several years to:
- identify best practices in addressing potential fatigue-related issues;
- identify the latest findings in medical research in the field of sleep disorders and their effective treatment;
- conduct field trials in live carrier operating environments to determine the feasibility of implementing fatigue programs;
- develop and test educational / training programs to enable better recognition and awareness of fatigue, and the opportunities to mitigate fatigue risk
The research included focus groups, data collection through beta testing with drivers, field testing with drivers, and sleep disorder screening and treatment. The FMP research was conducted by FMP investigators – respected scientific professionals who collaborated with industry leaders – with a goal to determine the efficiency of such a comprehensive approach to fatigue management in order to develop guidelines, manuals and training materials for industry deployment.
Who developed the NAFMP?
The NAFMP is a collaborative, international partnership between jurisdictions with diverse interests within the commercial carrier industry. The financial contributors are:
- Alberta Occupational Health and Safety
- Alberta Transportation
- Alberta Workers Compensation Board
- Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail de Québec (CSST)
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ)
- Transport Canada
In- kind development support was provided by:
- Alberta Motor Transport Association
- American Transportation Research Institute
Course Curriculum and Development by:
- Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
Can drivers participate in the NAFMP even if their carrier does not participate?
Would a safety supervisor of a carrier that has chosen to implement the NAFMP be able to track an employee driver, dispatcher or support staff understanding of the concepts and practices of the program?
Yes, the Learning Management System functionality of NAFMP can be adapted by all participants to track the completion and comprehension of the learning modules.
Will the use of the NAFMP be mandatory?
No, the program is 100% voluntary and optional.
Does NAFMP replace the need for truck driver hours of service regulations?
No, NAMFP is meant to compliment the HoS regulations by providing educational opportunities on lifestyle choices that go beyond what can be regulated.
How will the NAFMP be effective?
- increased awareness and recognition of the impact of fatigue on driver safety performance;
- provision of training, education and motor-carrier best practices regarding how drivers can better manage their lifestyles and how carriers can effectively support them;
- the identification of factors related to sleep disorders, screening and treatment;
- guidance on technology used in fatigue monitoring and supply chain scheduling.
How will the NAFMP assist in mitigating fatigue?
- Increased awareness of the dangers of driving drowsy or fatigued.
- Provision of training, education and motor carrier best practices regarding how drivers can better manage their fatigue.
- The identification of sleep disorders and provision of medical intervention and technology support.
- Provision of information on fatigue monitoring and scheduling technologies and practices.
Once commercial motor carriers recognize the critical factors that add to the dangers of fatigue – including "sleep debt," the number of continuous hours of being awake in a 24 hour period, sleep-related health problems and driving at high risk times of the day – they can help their drivers better manage fatigue and thereby reduce collisions.