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FMCSA Withdraws Sleep Apnea Proposal

April 22, 2012

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FMCSA apparently jumped the gun with its Friday announcement that it proposed to adopt the recommendations of two advisory panels for tougher sleep apnea guidelines.


The panels say the agency should tell medical examiners that drivers with a body mass index of 35 or more must be evaluated for sleep apnea. In a Federal Register notice posted Friday, the agency asked for comments on this and a number of additional recommendations concerning apnea screening, evaluation and treatment.

However, later that day, FMCSA said it was withdrawing the proposed regulatory guidance for obstructive sleep apnea and request for comment.


"The agency is still in the process of carefully reviewing the recommendations submitted by the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board," noted the statement. "The initial publication was a clerical error. We anticipate requesting public comment on the recommendations later this year."



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  1. 1. rick hover [ November 22, 2013 @ 05:13AM ]

    is the trucking idustrie, and the fmsca prepaired for a 65% decline in drivers if this is mandated for drivers to take the test. After talking with drivers around the country at various truck stops on this issue 99% of drivers gave me the same ansewer that they will oppt out of the trucking industrie and find other employment, i estimate that 65% of drivers will leave the industrie as i will do the same.

 

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