Transport agencies to host three sleep apnea listening sessions

Seeking info on the potential costs and benefits of regulatory actions addressing OSA

Posted April 29, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host three public listening sessions on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) among commercial motor vehicle drivers and rail workers.

The purpose of the sessions is to solicit information on the prevalence of moderate-to-severe OSA among individuals occupying safety sensitive positions in highway and rail transportation, its potential consequences for the safety of rail and highway transportation, and the potential costs and benefits from regulatory actions that address the safety risks associated with motor carrier and rail transportation workers in safety sensitive positions who have OSA.

The listening sessions are intended to provide interested parties with an opportunity to share their views on this topic with representatives of both agencies, along with any data or analysis they may have.

The listening sessions will take place in:

  1. Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the National Association of Home Builders, 1201 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005;
  2. Chicago, IL, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the Marriott Courtyard Chicago Downtown/River North, 30 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60611; and
  3. Los Angeles, CA, on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, 404 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

All sessions will run from 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., local time. If all interested parties have had the opportunity to comment, the sessions may conclude early.


 

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