Trucking Groups Back Sleep Apnea Testing

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, ATA, and others support a bill in Congress that would require a rulemaking for apnea tests.

One of the major problems in commercial transportation, fatigue, could be addressed by a newly introduced congressional bill that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association supports. OOIDA announced it supports the bill introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., that would require an FMCSA rulemaking and full industry cost analysis for apnea tests, and the American Trucking Associations and International Brotherhood of Teamsters also favor a rulemaking.

"The best policy is for the [FMCSA] to use the rulemaking process already in place, rather than side-stepping it," said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. "With the potential cost to trucking running north of $1 billion without the proven safety improvement, guidance is not a practice we can support."

"ATA believes that if the [agency] wants to regulate sleep apnea, it should do so through the normal, established regulatory process rather than through informal guidance," said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves.

FMCSA has been developing guidance for state medical examiners about which drivers should be tested, and the trucking groups want a say in that process, the groups say. "The rulemaking process allows for medical experts, the regulated community, including professional drivers, to provide valuable data and input," Graves said.

Other organizations in support include the American Bus Association, the United Motor Coach Association, and the Private School Bus operators. "Small-business truckers applaud Representatives Bucshon and Lipinski for their efforts on this important issue to truckers and to small businesses," said Spencer. "H.R.3095 is common-sense legislation that has the support of the entire industry. That fact alone should send a strong signal that anything FMCSA does regarding sleep apnea should absolutely consider the costs such a policy will pass on to truckers, especially more experienced and safer drivers."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019

    Featuring:

    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
    • VISION PROTECTION
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
    • FIRE SAFETY
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue