Commercial truck and bus drivers spend many hours sitting throughout the workday, sometimes between 8 to 10 hours per day and 40 to 60 hours per week. Low back pain is one of the most commonly reported health conditions by professional drivers, which has been linked to exposure to whole-body vibrations (WBV) while driving on the job. For many decades, the industry standard for commercial driver seats has utilized passive air suspension (air-ride) systems. In recent years, new technologies in active suspension and semi active suspension seats have become available in the market and have been found to help reduce the harmful impacts of WBV.
OHWC’s latest Medium.com article was adapted from a new two-pager that shares the benefits of semi-active and active suspension seat technology for commercial drivers. Readers will learn about the benefits of semi-active and active suspension seat technology for commercial drivers.
Medium.com is a crowd-sourced online publishing platform featuring a variety of trending topics and news in the media, research and more. The Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) has published a new Medium.com article, “Seat Technology to Improve the Safety and Health of Commercial Drivers.” OHWC publishes a new article every quarter.Signing up to read articles on Medium.com is free and users can access 3 articles per month.
Follow or bookmark OHWC’s Medium.com page to be notified of new articles covering evidence-based research, resources and strategies related to Total Worker Health® once per quarter. Check out previous Medium.com articles from OHWC:
- 10 things to know about Total Worker Health®
- Looking for ways to support your employees? Start with work-life balance
- Learning from different industries to improve safety, health and well-being
Learn more about Dr. Ryan Olson’s Tech4Rest study on YourWorkpath.com or from a previous blog post on Oregon and the Workplace featuring Tech4Rest written by Pete Johnson, Ph.D., MS, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington.