Movers & Sleep Apnea

On October 15th, 2013 President Obama signed into law a bipartisan bill that prevents the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) from issuing guidance on sleep apnea testing without using a formal rulemaking process. This will ensure that the highest precautions are taken in diagnosing and treating truck/bus drivers with sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders. The law has been advocated by the National School Transportation Administration (NSTA) in order to improve safety in schools, but it clearly affects the entire trucking industry – including moving.

Sleep apnea is a condition where a sleeping individual experiences a narrowing or closure of the upper airway. This condition can lead to sleep disturbances that effect sleep quality and can cause daytime drowsiness. This condition is especially dangerous for commercial drivers who often drive long distances on little sleep. If a mover has a sleeping disorder like sleep apnea, they can become increasingly dangerous behind the wheel.

 

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