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January 14, 2014

NIOSH Study Points to Significant Health Risks for Long-Haul Drivers

Long-haul drivers are plagued by significant health risks, according to a new study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Almost 70% of these drivers are obese, compared to 31% of other workers, and the prevalence of morbid obesity is twice as high, 17% versus 7%.

December 26, 2013

The Top 13 Trucking Stories of 2013, Part 1

As we look back at 2013, here's our annual look at the top news stories of the year. Our list was compiled on the basis of popularity on our website, Truckinginfo.com, as well as our editors' opinions on which stories have the most impact on the trucking industry.

November 3, 2013

Somnetics Launches Transcend Auto CPAP Device

Somnetics International Inc., the Minneapolis-based maker of Transcend Sleep Apnea Therapy System received FDA clearance to market the new Transcend Auto full-feature auto-adjusting positive airway pressure unit with Transcend EZEX pressure relief technology on exhalation.

October 15, 2013

Sleep Apnea Rulemaking Will Require Much More Research

President Obama yesterday signed a bill saying that any changes in federal requirements for handling truck driver sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, must come through the rulemaking process, rather than guidance to medical examiners.

October 6, 2013

Sleep Apnea Bill Receives Final Congressional Approval, Awaits President’s Signature

Despite the feud between Republicans, Democrats and the Obama administration that has resulted in a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Senate came together late Friday to give approval to legislation regarding sleep apnea and truckers.

September 26, 2013

U.S. House Passes Sleep Apnea Legislation, Senate Bill Introduced

By a vote of 405-0, the U.S. House passed a bill Thursday requiring any Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration action on sleep apnea to go through the usual rulemaking process rather than simply issuing guidance.

September 19, 2013

FMCSA Will Address Sleep Apnea Through Rulemaking

Who says government is slow and unresponsive? A week ago two Representatives introduced a bill that that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, rather than issue a guidance. Now there has been some movement.

September 17, 2013

House Committee to Vote on Sleep Apnea Bill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee scheduled a Thursday vote on a bill that would compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders rather than issue a guidance.

September 12, 2013

Bill Challenges FMCSA to Write Sleep Disorder Rule

Two congressmen have introduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to write a regulation covering sleep disorders, rather than issue a guidance as it is planning to do.

September 9, 2013

Sleep Apnea CPAP Battery Test Now Underway at Major Fleet, TMC Says

PITTSBURGH -- A field test of battery-powered CPAP devices to combat sleep apnea among drivers is now underway with the help of three suppliers and a major truckload fleet, according to a report at a task force meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations.

July 8, 2013

Taking the Driver Physical to a New Level

Trucking companies, drivers and the general public who shares the road with trucks would all benefit from an approach that treats truck driver health as an ongoing project rather than every-other-year paperwork – and the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners could be a step in that direction.

May 7, 2013

Five Trends Affecting Today's Owner-Operators

Owner-operators are far from dead, but the population is experiencing some changes, according to Todd Spencer, vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, with many of those changes caused by government regulations.

April 24, 2013

Philips Respironics Goes Mobile with SleepMapper App

Philips Respironics, a unit of Royal Philips Electronics, announced the launch of the SleepMapper self-management system, a mobile and Web-based solution for patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea that combines the components of feedback, education and troubleshooting.

April 10, 2013

Transcend CPAP Offers Solution for Travelers with Sleep Apnea

Somnetics International Inc. has introduced Transcend, a small, light-weight, and portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and battery system.

March 4, 2013

TCA Clarifies Positions on Drug Testing, Sleep Disorders, On-Board Technology

At its annual convention currently under way at the Wynn Las Vegas, the Truckload Carriers Association’s board of directors approved several changes to the organization’s official policies on drug and alcohol testing, sleep disorders, and on-board technology.

January 6, 2013

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

December 18, 2012

Sleepsafe Drivers Adds SleepWorks Labs To Network

Sleepsafe Drivers, a national provider of sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment programs for the transportation industry, has added SleepWorks to its Sleep Provider Network, effective immediately

November 7, 2012

Link Discovered Between Driver Obesity and Crash Risk

A study has confirmed what many in trucking already believed -- that there's a direct connection between a truck driver's crash risk and his or her body mass index. Obese truckers, during their first two years on the road, are 43% to 55% more likely to be involved in a crash when compared against those truckers with a normal BMI

October 23, 2012

ATA Adopts New Position on Sleep Disorder Screening and Testing

LAS VEGAS - Seeing disturbing indications that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may plan to address the issue of sleep apnea among truck drivers with a "guidance" rather than a rulemaking, the American Trucking Associations has a new policy positio

July 1, 2008

The Silent Killer

Two fleet drivers shared their experiences with obstructive sleep apnea testing and treatment programs sponsored by their carriers.

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