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Program Overview

The North American Fatigue Management Program was formed by three teams of medical and sleep scientists from Canada and the United States that did the research on the development of the program and testing its efficacy, to ensure that we developed a fully comprehensive approach to fatigue mitigation. The program provides education on the following:

  • Developing a corporate safety culture that actively combats driver fatigue
  • Educating drivers, drivers’ families, carrier executives and managers, shippers/receivers, and dispatchers on fatigue management
  • Sleep disorders screening and treatment
  • Driver and trip scheduling practices
  • Fatigue Management Technologies
For the past several years, Canadian and American regulators, carriers, and researchers have worked on the development of a comprehensive approach for managing fatigue. This work has been led by a consortium of government and industry agencies with an interest in developing a more effective means of dealing with professional driver fatigue. The NAFMP Steering Committee agreed to develop a comprehensive FMP that would enhance a carrier’s ability to effectively deal with the challenges of fatigue in a highly competitive, widely dispersed, and rapidly changing industry. Learn more about our partners.

Research and Development

The multi-year collaborative research to develop, test and evaluate components of a fatigue management program (FMP) for commercial vehicle operators has resulted in a thorough understanding of the issues, opportunities and challenges inherent in managing operator fatigue in a 24/7 motor carrier environment. The NAFMP was developed through four distinct research, development and testing phases.

Phase one began through a series of focus groups with motor carriers to assist in the project design. Researchers identified fatigue management requirements and developed a comprehensive approach intended for drivers, dispatchers and company managers. Tools were identified for use in data collection; six drivers underwent a beta test.

Phase two involved the development of educational and training materials. Procedures for field testing the FMP were developed and assessed. Field data collection was completed in Alberta, Quebec and Texas. Screening and treatment for sleep apnea was added to the initial program. The evaluation involved six fleets and 38 drivers in Alberta and Quebec. An additional eight drivers in Texas joined later.

Phase 2 Final Report (PDF) (English)

Phase 2 Final Report (PDF) (French)

Phase three involved an operational field test with 77 commercial vehicle drivers in Alberta, Quebec and California. Among the findings were positive trends in sleep duration and sleep efficiency post-FMP, and reduced critical events:

  • Improved reported sleep quality on duty days
  • 20 minutes longer main sleep on duty days
  • Duty day main period sleep duration and sleep efficiency improved compared to rest days
  • Drivers reported less fatigue (trend)
  • Reduction in proportion of drivers reporting critical events (29% from 46%) and 40% reduction in number of critical events per km driven

Phase 3 Final Report (PDF)

Based on the research, findings and operational data from the first three phases, Phase 4 involved development of the recommended guidelines, Implementation Manual, and training materials and the development of the NAFMP website.

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Reduce fatigue-related risks, reduce crashes, improve alertness and promote job satisfaction.

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Full Program Manual

Cover of NAFMP Implementation Manual The NAFMP Implementation Manual will help you design and implement a Fatigue Management Program for your organization. Click Here to Download the NAFMP Implementation Manual (PDF)