Washington Post: A Washington Metrorail Safety Commission report finds that Metro needs to ensure that operators take enough days off to stay alert, while getting tested and treated for medical issues such as sleep apnea. 

Metro, the audit said, is not conducting regular physical examinations of operators as its policies require, raising the possibility that some are at risk of losing consciousness on the job with undiagnosed or untreated conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea.

If employees are found with such conditions, the audit said, operators wouldn’t be forced to resign or transfer jobs because those conditions are treatable. The audit recommended physicals every other year to monitor for health-related issues.