Sleep apnea ‘pre-rule’ publication due in weeks ahead

Updated Feb 5, 2016

An effort by the U.S. DOT to collect data to gauge how many truck drivers have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

Sleep apnea is often treated with the use of a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.

With OMB’s clearance, the “pre-rule” from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will likely be published in the Federal Register in the coming weeks.

The data request, being conducted in a joint effort by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration, is intended to not only gauge the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea among truck operators, but also to get feedback from the industry about how a sleep apnea rule could affect truckers and the industry at large.

The agency began work on the pre-rule, also designated as an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, at the beginning of October.