Department of Transportation
Defining DOT Guidelines
The DOT Guidelines for Sleep Apnea are becoming more strict due to the rising concern of dangers associated with undiagnosed sleep apnea. Truck drivers must receive a DOT physical to maintain their CDL certification. If the DOT physician believes the driver fits the criteria of a person at risk for sleep apnea, they may require the driver to have a sleep study.
DOT Standards & Driver Health
The DOT guidelines for sleep apnea state that “a person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with his/her ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely. If the medical examiner detects a respiratory dysfunction, that in any way is likely to interfere with the driver’s ability to safely control and drive a commercial motor vehicle, the driver must be referred to a specialist for further evaluation and therapy.”
If you have drivers, we urge you not to allow the current standards held by the DOT be your standards for diagnosing sleep apnea. Drivers who suffer from sleep apnea are five times more likely to be involved in an accident. And if you’re looking at the bottom dollar, if the DOT would step up the screening of sleep apnea, companies save an estimated $6,000 per year from related crash costs. The good thing is you don’t have to wait on the DOT to regulate sleep apnea — we are here for you now.
If you have commercial drivers running the roads for you, there is a good chance that a number of them may be suffering from sleep apnea. Symptoms of apnea include daytime sleepiness, restless legs, snoring and the inability to breathe at night. Although the DOT recognizes that sleep apnea causes a reduction of reaction time and puts your commercial drivers and anyone else on the road in danger, they have yet to regulate it properly. But with the safety of your drivers at stake, why wait?
Aeroflow offers a screening process and home sleep test options for drivers. Our in-home sleep tests are a cost-effective alternative to the traditional sleep lab and can be completed when and where you want. We also offer a FREE Sleep Apnea Screening for drivers to successfully manage their health.