Joint committees approve sleep apnea recommendations

Thursday, October 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board voted to approve guidelines for obstructive sleep apnea screening for truck drivers during a joint meeting on Oct. 24. The board also recommended a set of guidelines for when a truck driver should be required to have a sleep test, including mandatory screening for any truck driver with a body mass index of 40 or above, with admitted fatigue or sleeping during wakeful periods, or for any drivers who have been involved in a sleep-related motor vehicle accident. Screening could also be mandatory for drivers who possess a BMI of at least 33 and have at least three out of 11 risk factors, such as untreated hypertension, Type 2 diabetes or loud snoring. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will make the ultimate decision on whether or not to approve the guidelines. It isn’t expected to make a decision until the next administration.