What can OSAS do for you?

Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions manages fatigue / wellness programs for businesses with our web based custom proprietary software. We will coordinate all of the required processes and implement education, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome compliance monitoring for your employees with obstructive sleep apnea. Our web based software system allows us to manage hundreds of employees at a time at all of your locations throughout the U.S., with service protocols that are consistent, cost effective, and are completed in a timely manner.



Are you aware that the DOT is in process of modifying the regulations concerning screening your drivers for sleep apnea?

It will soon become mandatory for the National Registry of DOT Physicians to require sleep testing at the time of the medical physical if your driver has any symptoms of a sleep disorder

 

How will you address a problem of litigation if your driver in involved in an accident caused by sleep apnea?

 

“If you know about sleep apnea and you aren’t doing anything about it, you will be considered guilty by indifference. If you don’t know about sleep apnea, then you will be considered guilty by incompetence.”

- Don Osterberg
Schneider National Transportation Safety Director
American Trucking Association Safety Council Chairman

Untreated sleep apnea exposes your company and your employees to unacceptable risk... - Dr. Mark Berger

 

Are you aware that obstructive sleep apnea is negatively affecting your profits?

Research shows the national average of undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea is almost 30% of the population, that drivers with sleep apnea are 6 to 7 times more likely to be involved in auto accidents, there reaction time is equivalent to someone with a blood alcohol level of 06 (BAC), but with treatment most apnea related collisions, costs , and deaths can be prevented. This statistical information would indicate that almost one third, and possibly more, of your drivers have obstructive sleep apnea, and are putting your company at a much higher risk of accidents and increased liability.

 

Are you aware that a pro-active program of sleep apnea treatment has already been proven effective in the transportation industry?

The results of a case study done by Schneider National Transportation, in which they implemented a screening, diagnosis, and treatment program for their drivers with sleep apnea, showed improved health of their drivers and the savings to the company were, to say the least, very impressive. For every dollar invested into the program, their return on investment was a two to three dollar savings on medical and accident expenses, as well as a 200% increase in employee retention for those in their program as compared to the company overall. Drivers treated for sleep apnea had a 73% reduction in accidents, a 91% reduction in hospital admissions, and overall a 57% reduction in healthcare expenses.

 

Do you have a plan for managing the processes of addressing the problem of sleep apnea when the regulations take effect?

Your choices are pro-active or re-active.
Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions is your pro-active choice.

 

How Does OSA Affect My Business?

The tragic and costly results of drivers falling asleep at the wheel are rightfully receiving consid­erable attention in the media and from numerous concerned industry and public interest groups. Much of the concern is that commercial drivers may fall asleep while driving as a result of an insufficient number of hours (quantity) of sleep between work (driving) shifts.

There is another sleep issue having a significant impact on “drowsy driving” crashes. It has more to do with the quality of a driver’s sleep than the quantity of that sleep. For many drivers the quality of sleep is adversely affected by a sleep disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Management uses considerable resources to find drivers who have the ability to make good driving decisions and who are physically qualified to drive safely. OSA can negatively affect a driver’s ability to make good driving decisions and cause them to fall asleep behind the wheel. Even when not “at the wheel,” a driver with untreated OSA faces poten­tially life threatening medical complications.

This Reference Note provides general infor­mation to help employers understand the effect of OSA on their drivers and on their cost of managing risk. Taking action to identify & and treat OSA among drivers may help employers:

  • Reduce the risk of serious workers compensa­tion, auto liability, and physical damage losses due to sleep-related vehicle crashes
  • Realize productivity gains from drivers who are more alert
  • Help their drivers enjoy a greater quality of life
  • Contribute to greater safety for all on our nation’s roads
  • Reduce medical expenses for those treated for obstructive sleep apnea
  • Increase employee retention

 

How Can an Employer Reduce the Risk of OSA Related Crashes?

Only qualified medical practitioners can diagnose and treat OSA, but employers can reduce the risk of OSA caused crashes and contribute to the health of their drivers. In doing so they may benefit from safer, more productive, and happier employees, grateful for the employer’s interest in their well-being.

The current FMCSA Regulations, Part 391 Qualification of Drivers, 391.41(b) (5), require that commercial drivers have “. . . no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of a respira­tory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to control and drive a commercial motor vehicle safely.” They identify sleep apnea as one of those conditions.

In 2006, a joint task force of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the National Sleep Foundation recommended the FMCSA update the requirements and...

  • Equate the length of a driver’s medical certifi­cation to the severity of his/her sleep apnea.
  • Give extensive consideration to sleep apnea risk factors in the medical evaluation (weight, family history, neck circumference, etc.).
  • Require that those who use a CPAP machine for treatment use it for at least 4 of every 24 hours and use one that measures the amount of time it is supplying pressure.
  • Until the FMCSA adopts these or similar controls, an employer could adopt the joint task force recommendations as a corporate standard.

In addition, employers should:

  • Educate their employees who drive about sleep apnea; its causes, symptoms, and treatment.
  • Encourage employees who suspect they may have this condition to make arrangements with Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions for eval­uation and treatment.
  • Stay alert for symptoms among employees, and refer those employees to their physicians for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Consider Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions’ free initial screenings for all employees to identify those who may need further evalua­tion and treatment. Screening, administered by Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions, may include sleep apnea questionnaires and the use of a portable take home overnight sleep screening device that would determine if the employee would need further treatment.
  • Contract Occupational Sleep Apnea Solutions to diagnosis and treat the employee with a standard of care that could include a full polysmnography sleep study and possibly a nasal CPAP device for those with obstructive sleep apnea.

 

How do we know if our drivers are compliant with Federal regulations?

Click here to view FMCSA Website - www.mrb.fmcsa.dot.gov
Click here to view FMCSA Rules & Regulations Section 391.41 - www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Click here to view a PDF of the complete proposed FMCSA Medical Review Board guidelines – View Document
Click here for a summary of the proposed guidelines - View Document

 

Common Sleep Apnea Questions?

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
How Does OSA Affect the Body?
What Are the Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
What is a Sleep Questionnaire?
What is the Treatment for OSA?
How Does OSA Affect My Business?
How Can an Employer Reduce the Risk of OSA Related Crashes?

Please Contact Us with anymore questions.....thank you.