FMCSA committees formally recommend requiring truckers with high BMI to be screened for sleep apnea

Nov 25, 2016 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

11/25/2016

Reminder of the week:

FMCSA committees formally recommend requiring truckers with high BMI to be screened for sleep apnea

FMCSA’s Medical Review Board and Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee officially approved recommendations regarding sleep apnea screening for truck drivers. Some criteria would automatically disqualify drivers from receiving their medical certification, while others would allow drivers to receive conditional certification; pending a sleep study and treatment of sleep apnea should they be diagnosed.

Truck operators with a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher would be flagged for sleep apnea screening if the recommendations are made law. Those truckers would receive a 90-day medical certification, during which time they must have an in-lab sleep study. If diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, they would need to begin treatment within the 90-day period.

Truckers with a BMI of 33 or higher would also be subject to screening if they meet three other qualifiers, a list that includes being male and being older than 42 — a large demographic in the trucking industry. Such drivers would receive the same 90- day certification aforementioned and must receive an in-lab sleep study during that time.

Male truckers age 42 and older who have a BMI of 33 or greater would be flagged for a sleep test if they also have high blood pressure, have diabetes, have history of heart disease, snore loudly, have witnessed apneas or have a neck size greater than 17 inches, among other qualifiers.

Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving! 

Klemens Kuqi 

Compliance Manager