Sleep Apnea? Now a new concern for the Department of Transportation (DOT). This from the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) who are long-time friends and allies. ““The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are seeking public input on the impacts of screening, evaluating, and treating rail workers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The joint Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) is the first step as both agencies consider whether to propose requirements specifically on OSA.”
The comment period closes July 8. We do not have sufficient time or technical expertise to make a substantive NCAE independent comment, so Frank rewrote ARA’s message to register opposition to broad and overly vague regulation. NCAE’s comments are available here. NCAE Members and allies are invited (ENCOURAGED) to comment via ARA’s direct link, or to regulations.gov on your own. FMCSA has advised physicians who are certified to examine CMV drivers. It seems that the current recommendation is overly broad and many drivers are referred (required to undergo) costly sleep studies despite lack of other symptoms simply based on neck-size.