Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New website focuses on quality of railroad workers' sleep

The results of a study regarding railroad worker fatigue management, sleep and sleep disorders have been made publicly available. The website, titled "Railroaders' Guide to Healthy Sleep" (www.railroadersleep.org), is the result of a collaborative project that began in 2010 between Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Harvard Medical School, the WGBH Educational Foundation and the UTU. The final product reflects anonymous survey results from numerous BLET and UTU members.

The website gives members information regarding how to obtain better sleep in hopes of improving their quality of life. The website also contains videos and numerous other tools to help railroaders stay safe on the job, including instructions on how to listen to your body clock and how to recognize sleep apnea and has an interactive feature that allows you to test your reaction time.

The website is sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration and produced in partnership with WGBH Educational Foundation and the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

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