Occupational Program – SAW

What is the STAY ALERT WORKFORCE (SAW) ?

The SAW Fatigue and Lung Health Surveillance Program (FLHSP) – our occupational program, is customized for employees in occupations or industries that may be at risk of developing lung problems due to the nature and condition under which they work. Maple Respiratory Group Inc. provides a “Fatigue and Lung Health Surveillance Program” (FLHSP) which provides a complete solution for employers to provide appropriate protection and monitoring, which involves a range of strategies and methods to assess the early signs of adverse effects on the health of employees.

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How is Fatigue and Lung Health Surveillance Program a “Turn Key Solution”?

MRG fatigue management program is designed to address the issue of employee fatigue through a comprehensive approach that includes:

  • Fatigue management and education for all staff, including drivers, drivers’ families, employees in safety sensitive positions, carrier executives and managers, shippers and receivers, and dispatchers
  • Full sleep apnea program for treating sleep disorders

MRG ensure scheduling convenient time and location for fatigue and Lung Health screening process in cooperation with the appropriate workplace contact Providing individualized, initial baseline fatigue and lung health evaluation of employees followed by ongoing surveillance monitoring with the following measures:

  • Fatigue wellness questionnaire.
  • Respiratory Health Questionnaire.
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (Spirometry) and Oxygen Oximetry
  • Chest X-rays (facilitate referral to local hospital)
  • Fitness to Wear’ respirator testing

Sleep Apnea Facts

  • 28.1% of commercial drivers have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • 80% of employees with Sleep Apnea are unidentified
  • Drivers with untreated OSA are 6x more likely to be in an accident
  • Situation awareness of drivers with Sleep Apnea is equivalent to a blood alcohol content of 0.6–0.8
  • Treating US drivers suffering from Sleep Apnea will save $11.1 billion and 980 lives annually

Why Screen?

Untreated Sleep Apnea impact quality of life and also increase a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke, Type II diabetes and other cardiovascular problems by 50%. Drivers with untreated Sleep Apnea are 6x more likely to be involved in an accident. Driving with Sleep Apnea is no different than driving under the influence of Alcohol. Quite simply, getting treated saves lives.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is the chronic interruption of breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. People with Sleep Apnea may stop breathing hundreds of time a night which can lead to several other serious and even life threatening health problems.

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Historical Sleep Related Workplace Incidents

  • Chernobyl $15 billion in costs
  • Exxon Valdez Oil Spill $3.8 billion in costs
  • Space Shuttle Challenger estimated in the billions
  • Three Mile Island $975 million in costs
  • 945,000 work-related injuries attributed to sleepiness, leading to a cost of almost $25 billion in 1994.

Financial Impact

You’re already paying a penalty for Sleep Apnea but with no return. The Sassani study (2004) estimates that for every dollar a company spends testing and treating drivers with sleep apnea, they would achieve three dollars of net savings. Our Stay Alert Workforce program will not only reduce your costs but will also improve productivity and reduce employee turnover.

For more information or to book a session in your workplace, please contact your SAW team by phone at 604-566-7662 or email saw@maplerespiratory.com.