sleep apnea

Government, Safety

Sen. Blumenthal Blasts Withdrawal of Sleep Apnea Policy

Sen. Blumenthal Blumenthal by Zach Gibson/Bloomberg

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 | Staff 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 | Staff 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 | Staff 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 | Staff Reporter
August 4, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Powering Up: Fleets Investing in In-Cab Power for Driver Medical Devices

Schneider driver and his CPAP A Schneider driver shows off a machine he uses to treat sleep apnea. (Mike Roemer)

CPAP machines need a continuous source of power. This can be a challenge for drivers on the road, particularly as the required power draw on trucks has increased with the addition of onboard electronic control modules and drivers’ increased desire to operate the electrical components for comfort and enjoyment.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
July 24, 2017
Government, Safety

Supreme Court Declines to Review a Driver's Sleep Apnea Lawsuit Against Crete Carrier Corp.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving an obese truck driver who claimed in a lawsuit that his employer, Crete Carrier Corp., should not have required him to submit to a sleep study to determine if he had sleep apnea.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 6, 2017
Government, Safety, Business

FMCSA Panels Advance Sleep Apnea Recommendations


Two Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advisory committees forwarded on Oct. 24 a slate of comprehensive moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea risk factor recommendations that the agency could use in a formal regulatory requirement for truck and bus drivers to submit to costly diagnostic sleep studies.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 24, 2016