sleep apnea

Government, Business, Safety

FMCSA Responds to Medical Board on Sleep Apnea Guidance

sleep apnea study A patient in a sleep apnea study. (pastorscott/Getty Images)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expanding access to information about obstructive sleep apnea for medical professionals who conduct medical examinations for truck drivers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 10, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Nearly 49% of CMV Drivers Could Be at Risk for Sleep Apnea, Study Says

apnea A man wears a C-Pap machine. (no_limit_pictures/Getty Images)

A new obstructive sleep apnea study of 20,000 drivers using a more comprehensive screening evaluation method estimated that nearly 49% of commercial motor vehicle drivers could be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea, a condition that can cause sleepiness while driving.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 12, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Driver’s Untreated Sleep Apnea Contributed to 2018 Fatal Crash, NTSB Says

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A National Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that lack of a “robust medical certification evaluation process” on the federal level to identify and treat commercial drivers at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea was one of three safety issues that contributed to a fatal, multivehicle heavy truck-involved crash in 2018.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 9, 2020
Government, Safety

Sen. Blumenthal Blasts Withdrawal of Sleep Apnea Policy

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The determination by federal investigators that two high-profile train collisions in New York and New Jersey were the result of undiagnosed sleep apnea prompted a member of the Senate Commerce Committee to rebuke the Trump administration’s withdrawal of a potential new policy on the sleep disorder.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
February 7, 2018
Government, Safety

Inaction on Sleep Apnea Draws Ire of NTSB

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Just months after U.S. rail and highway regulators said they were withdrawing plans to screen truckers and engineers for a dangerous sleep disorder, accident investigators believe that it contributed to two New York-area transit crashes.

Alan Levin | Bloomberg News
February 6, 2018

Opinion: Debunking Common Myths About Sleep Apnea

As the National Transportation Safety Board cites sleep apnea as a factor in New York City-area train crashes, the need for sleep apnea testing and treatment regulations will once again come to the forefront. The NTSB has been advocating for measures to reduce fatigue-related accidents in the transportation industry for years.

D. Alan Lankford Ph.D. | Chief Science Officer, SleepSafe Drivers
October 2, 2017
Government, Business

Senators Debut Bill Mandating Sleep Apnea Testing

Man on a CPAP A man with obstructive sleep apnea uses a CPAP machine. (Thinkstock)

U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Cory Booker have announced new legislation that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to test train operators and commercial bus and truck drivers for obstructive sleep apnea.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 29, 2017

Editorial: Rules to Live By

Without rules for everyone to follow, the world would become a chaotic place. But uncertainty about which rules one must follow can itself create chaos.

August 24, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

N.Y., N.J. Senators Press Chao on Halting Sleep Apnea Rule

The information that prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to recently withdraw from a rulemaking process that would have eventually led to policy for sleep apnea workers is being sought by four U.S. senators from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
August 22, 2017
Government, Safety

Truck, Rail Regulators Withdraw Sleep Apnea Proposal

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Regulators for the FMCSA and FRA announce plans to formally withdraw a 2016 advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding sleep anea.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 4, 2017