Sleep Apnea

DOT Health and Safety Guidelines

Are your drivers compliant with current medical fitness standards?

The Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently proposed updates to existing guidelines regarding compliance with medical fitness standards related directly and indirectly to respiratory dysfunctions, including sleep apnea.

Physical qualifications, related to respiratory dysfunction for drivers, state that "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."3

(3) FMCSA Rules and Regulations Section 391.41

Click here to view the FMCSA website.
Click here to view a PDF of the complete proposed FMCSA guidelines.
Click here to read a brief summary of the proposed guidelines.