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    medical disqualifications proposed regs

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing its final rule on the registry and plans to send it to the White House April 19 for approval. The registry is proposed to be in place by January 2012.



    Body mass index and your CDL
    In 2008, an expert panel recommended to the Medical Review Board that conditional certification depending on body mass index be approved. That index is a ratio that relates a person’s weight to his height and shows how much fat a person has.
    Panelists recommended that truckers with a BMI of 30 or higher should be required to be tested to confirm the diagnosis of sleep apnea, the panel said. Drivers with a BMI of 33 or higher would have certification limited to one month, pending a sleep study test.
    A body mass index of 30, which is about 30 pounds overweight for any given height, or more, indicates obesity, the National Institutes of Health says. For example, a man who is 6-feet tall and weighs 222 pounds would have a BMI of 30.
    Because the board has only advisory power, it’s not clear how strict a role FMCSA will want BMI to play in the screening process.
    To figure your BMI, go to www.fit4theroad.com and scroll to BMI Calculator at the bottom of the screen.

    Sleep apnea symptoms
    Check with your doctor if you have these symptoms or related conditions that could indicate sleep apnea:
    • Excessive and loud snoring;
    • Snorting
    • Interrupted sleep
    • Short sleep periods
    • Daytime drowsiness
    • Erectile dysfunction
    • Excessive nighttime urination
    • Soft throat tissues
    • Large neck (17 inches for men, 15.5 inches for women)
    • Obesity (a body mass index of more than 30)
    • Hypertension
    • Cigarette smoker
    Fitness for duty: Sleep apnea not only threat
    In January 2009, the Medical Review Board unanimously approved a recommendation from a panel of experts to evaluate driver fitness for certification based on medical conditions. The number of conditions a driver has would determine the length of certification.
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has not acted on the proposal.
    The conditions are:
    • Diabetes mellitu requiring medication
    • Cardiovascular disease
    • Hypertension
    • Dysrhythmias (irregular heart beat)
    • Obstructive sleep apnea
    • Body mass index of 35 or higher
    • Use of sedatives (opioid or benzodiazepine)
    • Kidney disease
    • Pulmonary disease with pulmonary function test abnormality
    • Epilepsy (being seizure- free for less than 10 years)
    • Musculoskeletal disease requiring medical, surgical or prosthetic treatment
    • Visual exemption
    • Stroke
    • Small stroke (referred to as transient ischemic attack)
    • Psychiatric illness (recommendation pending review)
    • Other conditions pending review of the FMCSA
    A driver with two of these conditions would be certified for only one year under the proposal, says industry analyst Daren Hansen, of J.J. Keller & Associates. A trucker with four or more would be taken out of service until one of the conditions improved.
    “Things are tightening up,” Hansen says. “Drivers will have to deal with that and try to work on their health. Having medical conditions could pose problems for their certification.”
    The proposal for these health conditions stems from the 2005 SAFETEA-LU Act, in which Congress authorized FMCSA to develop a comprehensive system of medical standards where none existed previously and to strengthen the agency’s ability to regulate the medical examiners.
    The Medical Review Board was established in 2005 to develop such medical standards. It was instrumental in shaping the final rules for the National Registry of Medical Examiners and in the merging of the CDL with the driver’s medical certificate into a single electronic record.


    Proposed limiting conditions
    Health conditions Maximum certification period
    0 or 1 2 years
    2 1 year
    3 6 months
    4 Not eligible until resolution of at least one condition
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    Have already quit the cigarettes. Am now losing weight, and getting in better shape.

    Gotta stay ahead of those stupidneverendingdang regs !!!!!!!!

    It's just a matter of time ............

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    Sounds like a lot of driver's going to be on disability..

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    rambler,

    I am also 59........

    But I refuse to let them , run me off !!!!!!!

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    6' tall and 222lbs is a BMI of 30... That is just about covers everyone on the road..... I am 6' 2" and weigh around 220 so I might squeek under I guess) BUT, I suppose they are going to require more $$ to be paid by the driver to pay for this "test" too? On top of the already massivily redundant costs already charged for CDL licenses, HazMat endorsement is additional, Then they charge more to fingerprint for the HazMat.. Then the background check... THEN you get to do it all over again for your TWIC card because the HazMat isn't good enough.. (Unless you want your TWIC to expire at the same time your HazMat expires.. I know because mine are at 2 different times..) Then we have to have a passport or some similiar credential for border crossing, The regular Med Cert... Now another bill on top of all this? When is it going to stop? I bet airline pilots don'y have to go through this many hoops to get their licenses!

    Oh, and we are "Non-Skilled Labor" as defined by the IRS to boot. Kinda ticks ya off a bit now dosen't it? I think driving regulations have gotten way out of line, beyond common sense and into the relm of total insanity. We have plenty of regs already written if the police would just enforce the laws already on the books EVENLY we would be soo much better off!

    When is the last time you saw a cop ticketing someone for passing on the right? Failing to signal? Improper lane change? Failure to keep right? Last I knew these are still laws in most states.. How come they are not enforced? We need cameras, and speed limiters... GPS, and transponders... More laws, and more signs.. More lights, and more rules... Come on people get with it...

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    Hmm what happened to the top of my post??

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    I'm not rewriting it.. you get the idea...

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    The problem with this BMI stuff is it dont take into consideration the diffrent body types so i guess a football player at 6ft 250 pounds packed full of muscle is obese BS,this is all about more money for the medical field plain and simple most of the docs on the panel practice in the field there trying to make into a regulation ,the last physical i got the nurse was 2 times the size of me wheres her BMI test.

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    That is just recommendations of the review board. This is not anywhere near a rule making yet, and even Dr. John says a rule is a good ways away.
    The BMI of 30 is too low, that is what most military branches want these days.
    The recommendation was 35, which I am just under.
    In the service at age 18 I was 6' and they wanted me at 192. I did a body fat analysis once I started lifting, since I went up to 218.
    At that point I was 218 with a 4% body fat, so they told me to gain weight since that was too low, and I had to have a full analysis done every 6 months to make sure I was not going over weight.
    My brother inlaw is in the airforce now, he just has to have a BMI under 30.

    If they ever do bring this into rulemakeing and make a rule and I get stuck with a sleep test, I will sue them and I am 90% sure I will win. Since I have no symptoms accept my weight is a little high, my neck is over 17 inch (no matter what I weigh), and I smoke.
    I do not have apnia and I will not pay for there stupid study. I may loose a few pounds, but that will be for my health and not due to some jerkoff in DC.

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    Oh, and it is not prepairing a final rule, it is considering a proposed rule, BIG DIFFERANCE.
    They first have to have a proposed rulemaking, then a listening peorid, then a rulemaking will follow, which will be an interum rule, then an interum final rule.
    This takes a LONG time.

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