Truck Drivers Can Expect More Sleep Apnea Rules
Image and article courtesy of Trucks.com May 16, 2017.
FusionHealth’s Chief Medical Officer and Co-Founder, Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, weighs in on the controversy surrounding rapidly expanding sleep apnea testing programs in a recent article on Trucks.com. The 2016 recommendations of the FMCSA’s Medical Review Board are quickly becoming the new template for sleep apnea testing policies in the trucking and transportation industries. The Supreme Court recently declined to hear the case of Robert Parker, who sued Crete Carrier Corporation for requiring that he be tested for obstructive sleep apnea based on his BMI. Effectively, this validates the emerging trend of using weight and other biological metrics to identify potential sleep apnea cases and requiring regular testing as a condition of employment. This article examines the deeper issues of labor law, health and economics as they pertain to sleep apnea testing policies.