A so-called ‘pre-rule’ for sleep apnea in the trucking industry has cleared the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.
The ‘pre-rule,’ as it’s been labeled, allows the U.S. DOT to collect data to gauge how many truck drivers have obstructive sleep apnea and what impact a sleep apnea rule could have on the industry.
Per the agency’s synopsis of the pre-rule:
“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.”