Federal regulators are withdrawing plans to assess safety standards for transportation workers diagnose with sleep apnea, Transport Topics reports.
“The agencies have determined not to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking at this time,” the announcement said.
“OSA remains an on-going concern for the agencies and the motor carrier and railroad industries because it can cause unintended sleep episodes and resulting deficits in attention, concentration, situational awareness and memory, thus reducing the capacity to safely respond to hazards when performing safety sensitive duties,” the announcement said. “The agencies received valuable information in response to the ANPRM and a series of public listening sessions in May 2016.”
The announcement also said, “The agencies believe that current safety programs and FRA’s rulemaking addressing fatigue risk management are the appropriate avenues to address OSA.”
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