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About: Elaine Papp

Elaine M. Papp RN MSN COHN-S CM FAOOHN Elaine M. Papp has a broad range of occupational safety and health experience, from private industry to international organizations. A board certified occupational health nurse with experience working for regulatory agencies, Elaine is now offering her knowledge and experience in occupational and transportation health through her newly founded company, Health and Safety Works, LLC. Prior to establishing her company, Elaine spent 7 years as the Division Chief of the Office of Medical Programs at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) where she gained extensive knowledge about the relationship between medical conditions, their impact on safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and FMCSA regulations/guidance. Elaine was responsible for establishment of FMCSA’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners including the training and testing components and compliance assistance materials. She also lead the Agency’s effort to create the hearing and seizure exemption programs. Elaine oversaw a staff of 10 who offered compliance assistance to the public answering over 3000 telephone calls and 2000 emails a month. She also served on regulation writing teams, oversaw the research of various medical conditions and their relationship to safe operation of a CMV, developed the Medical Examiners Handbook as well as various outreach and training materials for medical examiners, drivers and motor carriers. Prior to FMCSA, Elaine worked for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in several capacities: analyzing legislation, writing Congressional testimony, regulations and compliance assistance materials, participating in on-site enforcement inspections, and conducting presentations on behalf of the Agency. While at OSHA, Elaine was selected for the Executive Leadership Program (ELP) and spent a few months in Geneva Switzerland working with the World Health Organization and the International Council of Nursing (ICN) as part of the ELP development program. Elaine authored the International Council of Nursing’s (ICN) “Guidelines for a Health and Safety Program for Nurses” and a monograph entitled, “A Guide to Health Care Waste Management for Nurses.” Prior to working for the government, Elaine had her own company working as an Occupational Safety and Health Consultant. She has also worked in private industry for TRW, a fortune 100 company, as a Senior Health and Safety Specialist. Early in her career Elaine worked in a variety of health care settings — intensive care units, doctor's offices, hospital, non-governmental organizations. and health policy groups. Thus, she has developed a broad perspective of health care in the US and has cashed to focus on employee/driver health and wellness.

Why New York Chiropractors can’t perform DOT medical exams


Chiropractors in New York were NEVER permitted to perform DOT Physicals. Why NY Chiropractors Can’t Perform DOT Physical Exams There is a lot of talk and a lot of angry sentiment surrounding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) decertification … Continue reading

Veteran Health Care and CMV drivers


Veteran Health Care and CMV drivers On October 9, 2015, Congressman Rob Woodall of Georgia introduced a bill, H.R. 3739, Veterans Expanded Trucking Opportunities Act see the text of the bill  What does this bill mean? If passed, this bill … Continue reading

DOT Announcement- Plans to gather info on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)


On October 1, 2015 the US Department of Transportation published its Monthly Report of Significant Rulemaking. In that report, DOT published an announcement that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) were planning to … Continue reading

FMCSA Introduces Driver Wellness Programs


by Elaine Papp Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Driver Wellness Programs So, what is it all about? The FMCSA, a regulatory agency, is talking about wellness for truckers?? HMMM — should drivers be worried? Why is FMCSA doing … Continue reading

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