An effort by the U.S. DOT to collect data on how many truck operators have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a potential sleep apnea rule could have on the industry has taken a step forward in the federal rulemaking process, according to Overdrive Magazine.
The publication reports that the White House’s Office of Management and Budget received the “pre-rule” from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 15.
A separate report from the DOT indicates the rule could be published by the end of the month.
The data request is intended to gauge the prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea among truck operators as well as get feedback from the industry about how a sleep apnea rule could affect truckers and the industry at large.
“FMCSA… also request[s] information about the potential economic impact and safety benefits associated with regulatory actions that would result in transportation workers in these positions, who exhibit multiple risk factors for OSA, undergoing evaluation by a healthcare professional with expertise in sleep disorders, and subsequent treatment.”