Safety for Private Trucking Fleet
In the transportation industry having a sleep program in place for private fleet safety can put your company ahead of the game in regards to the FMCSA recommendations about sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, in truck drivers. Also having a sleep disorder program can keep the private fleet drivers and the public safe from accidents caused by fatigue and sleep disorders. Another advantage of a sleep disorder program in with private fleet safety program is lowered health care costs, as well as higher retention rates of drivers. About one-third of the commercial driver populations are untreated for sleep apnea. One of the biggest risk factors for having the sleep disorder, sleep apnea is having a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or greater, which is one of the main things physicians are looking at when screening for the disorder.
According to the FMCSA rule 391.41(b)(5): A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that person: Has no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely. Since a driver must be alert at all times, any change in his or her mental state is in direct conflict with highway safety. Even the slightest impairment in respiratory function under emergency conditions (when greater oxygen supply is necessary for performance) may be detrimental to safe driving.
Litigators are currently using this matter, of truck drivers who have fatal accidents because of untreated sleep disorders, as a base for civil lawsuits. There have been several lawsuits resulting in multi-million dollar settlements against various trucking companies. Having a sleep disorder program in place with a private fleet safety program can lessen the chance of being in that situation. When working with Aeroflow Healthcare drivers can be screened with a simple survey, tested in the comfort of their home, be treated properly for the sleep disorder, and have the compliance monitored so they are in compliance per DOT recommendations.