When it comes to investing in the human aspect of the supply chain, one of the key areas that no commercial firm should neglect is the health of their employees. A healthy employee is a productive one, so it is vital that those behind the wheel have are taken care of so that they are not side-lined by various conditions that are both avoidable and treatable.


Being ever on the go across the motorways of the world, it comes as no surprise that commercial drivers are exposed far more than the average person to pollution caused by vehicle emissions. The carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other gases given off are all well-known contributors to a whole host of breathing related conditions, which can range from minor conditions such as a cough all the way to life-threatening illnesses such as lung cancer. Naturally the time lost to treating such afflictions cuts into days that could otherwise be spent productively so measures taken to countering this microscopic menace must be taken. The Government has done their bit to factor in environmental concerns when setting the tax rates for commercial vehicles, but there is certainly an onus on the private sector as well to play their part.


Firstly, it’s vital that investments are made to ensure that each vehicle used in long-haul haulage comes with an adequate ventilation system that ensures the air filtering around the cabin is as pure as can be. The importance of clean air indoors is well known in many locations and industries, and during transit is no exception. Routine maintenance is the simplest and most cost effective way of keeping the systems related to ventilation working as they should, but it’s also important that these systems provide sufficient temperature control as well. Opening windows whilst refreshing is literally an open invitation to emissions to penetrate one’s vehicle, so preventing the need for this can be a great benefit over time.


Another possible investment to reduce the level of harmful emissions floating around is in to some form of ‘kill switch’ that disables the engine whilst stuck in traffic and reactivates with just a push of the accelerator. Not only will this reduce the quantity of fuel being needlessly wasted, but the less of it being burned then the less pollution will be given off which can impact on the driver. Traffic jams cause a significant amount of air pollution, and are particularly problematic on motorways where queues can last hours at a time in dire circumstances. When we consider how frequent and often unavoidable this is for many drivers each and every day, the scale of this issue becomes even more apparent.


Should any of your workforce be taken ill though or feel as if they might be suffering from something, allowing them time off to fully recover and receive any necessary treatment will pay great dividends in the long-run. If they feel pressured to work through their discomfort then there is a strong possibility that these conditions may manifest in a stronger form later on that could necessitate even more time given over to medical care and time away from work. Therefore preventing these medical threats wherever possible isn’t just a matter of compassion-there’s an economic incentive as well in investing in the health of your workforce. In an industry that's currently experiencing difficulties recruiting as well, keeping trained employees happy and loyal is integral for success as replacing them is no easy task. Giving them the platform to voice their concerns relating to health is therefore paramount and ensures your employees feel like valued team members whose concerns are taken on board for the greater good of the whole firm.