Trouble Sleeping? The FMCSA Medical Review Board's New Recommendations on Sleep Apnea for Truckers - Part 1
The Medical Review Board of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlined its official recommendations to the agency on screening and disqualification criteria for truck drivers who are suspected of having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
The boards preliminary recommendations, which have not yet been approved by the board, encourage the FMCSA to require a trucker to be screened for sleep apnea if:
These recommendations are not yet final, however, as the board did not vote to approve them. Also the recommendations are just that recommendations. FMCSA has no legal requirement to adopt any of the recommendations, but will likely lean on them when developing a sleep apnea rule.
Other Recommendations made included the following:
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