|Posted by Thad Krawczyk on August 13, 2017 at 4:10 PM|
Dear Brother & Sisters,
I am pleased to announce that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will withdraw their efforts to issue a rule regarding obstructive sleep apnea in the transportation industry. While sleep apnea is an issue that should not be ignored, federal rulemaking should focus on addressing fatigue in a comprehensive and meaningful way.
Last year, I submitted comments expressing concerns about the proposed rule because it would single out sleep apnea. Instead, these agencies should work toward implementing the Fatigue Management Plans required by the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. While several railroads have made progress toward managing fatigue, it is imperative that the next FRA Administrator works to address the underlying factors of fatigue, such as unpredictable work schedules, in a way that does not burden workers or their livelihoods.
Attached you will find the comments submitted to FRA and FMCSA outlining SMART-TD’s concerns in-depth. In addition, please feel free to share this e-mail with your friends and co-workers.
National Legislative Director
SMART Transportation Division