Improving sleep, reducing fatigue, and impacting Total Worker Health for team truck drivers

Insufficient sleep is related to workplace safety, high risk for obesity, chronic disease, and early mortality. Long haul team truck drivers, where one driver sleeps in a moving vehicle while the other partner drives, face especially challenging sleeping conditions. Team drivers’ sleep is disrupted twice as often as solo trucker drivers’. Tech4Rest toolkit includes two components: 
  • An enhanced cab intervention that utilizes a therapeutic mattress system and an active suspension seat to alter whole body vibrations during driving and sleep periods. 
  • A behavioral sleep intervention, which has been adapted from our effective SHIFT (Safety & Health Involvement For Truckers) program.

Download our Tech4Rest One Pager and Tech4Rest Briefing Slides to share with your organization's leader.Learn more on how your organization can participate in YourWorkpath Program to access the training program at no cost for up to 200 employees.

*Our toolkits are continually going through improvements and changes to provide your organization with updated and relevant content. Tech4Rest was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.


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The Start Guide is available to help introduce SHIP to your organization. This guide provides an overview of the toolkit along with step-by-step instructions on how-to implement. The Start Guide includes:

  • SHIP One pager to learn more abou the toolkit
  • SHIP Briefing Slides help inform leadership and managers about the benefits of the program and the SHIP process
  • SHIP Implementation Checklist was developed to help workplaces get started in SHIP and identify roles that can help your workplace successfully implement the toolkit.


The Online Supervisor Training is an essential aspect of Safety, Health and Improvement Program and outlines the importance of supervisor support in improving employee health and safety. SHIP supervisor training topics cover:

  • Improving work-like balance and safety
  • Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB)
  • Safety Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (SSSB)
  • Tracking your Supportive supervisor Behaviors
  • Follow-up and check-ins with your team
The training consists of these objectives:
  • Showing you how leadership can improve the organizational climate on work-life balance and safety and health of their employees
  • Providing insight on how to be supportive of employee work-life balance
  • Highlights how to provide supervisor support for workplace safety
  • Detailing the importance of team building and goal setting, as well as reducing inefficiencies for work processes
There are 3 options to get access to the SHIP online training: 1. The components of the SHIP toolkit are free and accessible at the following links below. If your organization is interested in using any SHIP training content/materials or access to Learning Managment System (LMS) training files, a licensing agreement must be in place. Please contact us to learn more and obtain a license or more information to the online training. The SHIP toolkit is protected under OHSU copyright. Module 1: SHIP Introduction (10 minutes) Module 2: Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior (15 minutes) Module 3: Safety Supportive Supervisor Behavior (15 minutes) Module 4: Tracking Your Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (10 minutes) Module 5: SHIP Follow-Up (10 minutes) *Online training modules developed in partnership with SAIF. 2. Participate in YourWorkpath Program to gain access to the entire toolkit for up to 200 employees including additional incentives for your organization. Contribute to occupational health sciences research. 3. Access supervisor online training licensing cost directly through NwETA: $25 per user license. * Purchase training now. *The computer-based training link listed will take you to a website external to Yourworkpath. NwETA, LLC is the company that collaborates with OHSU in the offering of the trainings in these toolkits. OHSU has a financial interest in this company and Dr. Anger, who is the Director of Applied Science at Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU, is the company's President. If you would like more information about this, please contact the OHSU Integrity Department at (503) 494-8849 or Customization, branding, and licensing of training content or Learning Management System (LMS) options available. Contact us at Helen Schuckers,


The Behavior Tracking activity is designed to improve the transfer of trained behaviors following the Online Supervisor Training. This activity involves your choice of using a: notecard, log, journal or phone app to set goals and track supportive behaviors. Choose a method that works best for your organization/team. Behavior tracking will take between 3 to 5 minutes per day over a two-week period. This activitly will help supervisors and managers reinforce what is learned in the online training, as well as track supportive supervisor patterns towards their employees. Visit the YourWorkpath Download page to access this tool for free. The SHIP Start-Guide includes a “how-to guide” to faciliate behavior tracking. The tracking activity has the following elements:

  • Daily Tracking Card
  • 3x5 index card option
  • Lanyard card option
There are also smart phone behavior tracking apps available to download from the Apple Store or Google Play. We recommend the below apps:
  • Upkeep
  • Momentum
  • Habit-Bull
*OHWC does not endorse or maintain the smart phone apps listed. They are additional options to track behaviors that are not paper-based.


Follow-up includes group discussion in which supervisors and their teams meet to brainstorm solutions to improve work practices, communication, and the work environment. Follow-up and check-ins for supervisors/managers and their employees are an essential aspect of SHIP that help ensure what is learned during the SHIP toolkit becomes embedded into everyday work practices. Included in the SHIP User Guide are components to ensure the success of the SHIP trainings.

  • Follow-up guide with check-in and quick tools provide additional resources to promote supportive supervisor behaviors and work life support

The Follow-up Guide were developed by our partners, WFD Consulting, and consists of work practice assessments and templates.

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The Science Behind Tech4Rest

The Tech4Rest program was developed based on previous effective interventions.  The enhanced cab intervention includes an active suspension seat. Our previous research has demonstrated that industry-standard passive, air suspension seat has substantially higher whole body vibration exposures relative to the active-suspension seat. This study also showed that higher levels of whole body vibration exposures adversely affect the vigilance of truck drivers and contribute to cognitive fatigue.

The Tech4Rest Intervention study was a NIOSH-funded randomized controlled trial focusing on team truck drivers. The Tech4Rest study aimed to learn more about how team truck drivers manage their sleep and fatigue, and also evaluate technologies that may impact driver sleep and fatigue.


The Tech4Rest intervention was composed of:

  • An enhanced cab intervention that utilizes a therapeutic mattress system and an active suspension seat to alter whole body vibrations during driving and sleep periods. 

  • A behavioral sleep intervention, which has been adapted from our effective SHIFT (Safety & Health Involvement For Truckers) program.

The Tech4Rest intervention was tested in the X number of team truck divers around the United States, with a sample of X employees. We found that the intervention was effective at (reducing worker blood pressure)


The Tech4Rest study found that the strongest effects were among

The behavioral intervention is adapted from the SHIFT program which originally targeted weight loss among truck drivers. SHIFT is a 6-month group weight loss competition supported with weekly behavior and body weight logging, behavioral computer-based training (healthy weight loss, sleep, eating, and exercise), and individual motivational interviewing (up to 4 interviews). SHIFT has been established as effective in a cluster randomized controlled trial. The intervention produced a significant and medically meaningful mean difference of -1.0 BMI units between groups. The intervention also has a demonstrated track record producing moderate-to-large improvements in driver physical activity (sleep protective), which is leveraged in the Tech4Rest adaptation to explicitly improve sleep.


Funding for Tech4Rest was provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; grant: U19OH010154).

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