Aeroflow criticizes decision to drop sleep reg

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Aeroflow Healthcare says the federal government’s decision to scrap a regulation to require sleep apnea screening for commercial drivers and rail workers is ill advised. “This is a clear and present danger on our roads, rails and highways,” said Michael Trufant an industrial manager at Aeroflow, in a statement. “Our traveling public should not be exposed to danger on their commutes.” Trufant says the arguments against the regulation have everything to do with the cost of testing and treatment, not with safety. “The cost is minimal,” he said. “The safety imperative is pressing.” Aeroflow released the statement in support of Sen. Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., who says the rulemaking process for the regulation should be re-instated. Earlier this month, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said they were scraping the regulation, arguing that it should be up to trucking and railroad companies to decide whether or not to screen their employees. It’s a change in direction for the agencies under President Donald Trump, who has pledged to drastically slash federal regulations. Last year, the agencies announced a proposal to require screening for commercial drivers and railroad workers, and sought public input.