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DOT Guidelines for Sleep Apnea

DOT Guidelines for Sleep Apnea are becoming more strict due to the rising concern of dangers associated with undiagnosed sleep apnea.  Truck drivers must receive a DOT physical to maintain their CDL certification.  If the DOT physician believes the driver fits the criteria of a person at risk for sleep apnea they may require the driver to have a sleep study. The DOT guidelines for sleep apnea states "a person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if that person has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with his/her ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely. If the medical examiner detects a respiratory dysfunction, that in anyway is likely to interfere with the driver's ability to safely control and drive a commercial motor vehicle, the driver must be referred to a specialist for further evaluation and therapy." It is important for DOT guidelines for sleep apnea to be proactive and not reactive when it comes to driver safety and that is what the FMCSA is striving towards as well as DOT physicians themselves, with the help of FMCSA we will have a safe workforce in the trucking industry.