Obstructive Sleep Apnea And CPAP Usage

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Scruffy (Firemedic Trucki's Comment
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Hello, I am looking at getting back trucking. I have a questions about my OSA diagnosis and my CPAP usage, what is the best policy? Do I need to be up front and honest with the DOT doctor and claim the OSA on the medical card? Do I conveniently forget to mark it down, and play the I forgot game? I guess my real question is how strict/obsessive are these new rules about OSA, CPAP? I was never diagnosis before I left trucking, but, now I couldn't sleep an hour without my CPAP. I'm worried my return will be short lived due to a FMCSA loop hole or something. Thanks in advance. Keep the greasy side down, the right door locked, and the left door closed.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PackRat's Comment
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If you know something to be true, yet falsely fill out a form for a short-term benefit for yourself, hiding the truth, what do you refer to that as?

I call it lying. So will a prosecutor if you become involved in criminal litigation, say after an accident investigation.

Is it worth it to be dishonest?

Tim F.'s Comment
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Sounds like you are already on the machine. You just need to provide 30 days report , if which 70% usage is required. So...for 21 days you need to use the machine for at least 4 hours to remain compliant. That’s it.

Most companies will make sure your truck has an inverter in the truck. It’s very very common in the trucking industry

Good luck

Old School's Comment
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There are tens of thousands of truck drivers using CPAP machines. It's not a disqualifying issue, nor is it something that will hinder your ability to get hired. There's no reason to hide it.

Be upfront and honest. They are 100% more likely to not accept you for lying than they are for having OSA. It's actually a felony to lie on that federal medical form. I don't think you want to go there.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Rob T.'s Comment
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I'm a CDL holder that uses a CPAP and it really isnt a big deal. It takes me all of about 20 seconds to have the usage report emailed to my physician when I do my DOT physical. I need to get a new physical every year but you won't be denied employment due to CPAP as long as you're using it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CPAP:

Constant Positive Airway Pressure

CPAP is a breathing assist device which is worn over the mouth or nose. It provides nighttime relief for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Scruffy are you overweight or have a large neck circumference? It's quite possible you would be flagged for a sleep study anyways if you fit certain risk factors.

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