In the transportation industry, having a sleep program in place for private fleet safety can put your company ahead of the game in regards to the FMCSA recommendations on sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea in truck drivers. A sleep disorder program can also keep the private fleet drivers and the public safe from accidents caused by fatigue and sleep disorders. This program can lower health care costs and supports higher driver retention rates.
FMCSA & Sleep Apnea Regulations
About one-third of the commercial driver population remains untreated for sleep apnea. One of the biggest risk factors for sleep apnea is a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater, which is one of the main things physicians are looking at when screening for the disorder.
According to FMCSA rule 391.41(b)(5): A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely.
Since a driver must be alert at all times, any change in his or her mental state is in direct conflict with highway safety. Even the slightest impairment in respiratory function under emergency conditions (when greater oxygen supply is necessary for performance) may be detrimental to safe driving.
How Aeroflow Industrial can Help
Litigators are currently referencing truck drivers who have fatal accidents because of untreated sleep disorders as a base for civil lawsuits. There have been several lawsuits resulting in multi-million dollar settlements against various trucking companies. Having a sleep disorder program in place with a private fleet safety program can lessen the chance of being in that situation.
With Aeroflow Industrial, drivers can be screened with a simple survey, tested in the comfort of their home, be treated properly for the sleep disorder, and monitor compliance so they are in good standing per DOT recommendations.