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A Federal Railway Administration (FRA) Notice of Safety Advisory published Dec. 5, 2016, in the Federal Register includes a recommendation for railway operators to review a safety advisory on the Effect of Sleep Disorders on Safety of Railroad Operations with all operating crews. The sleep disorder advisory, 2004-04 (69 FR 58995), was originally issued Oct. 1, 2004.
The newly issued Notice of Safety Advisory stresses the importance of taking action to help mitigate human factor accidents and enhance operations in stations and terminals with stub-end tracks.
The advisory promotes employee medical examinations that include assessment and screening for obstructive sleep apnea and associated medical conditions. It recommends the development of standardized screening tools, or a “good practices guide,” for the diagnosis, referral and treatment of sleep disorders to be used by physicians during routine medical examinations, and the development of qualified sleep disorder center and specialist referral lists.
Additional recommendations include:
For resources, refer to the Railroaders’ Guide to Healthy Sleep.
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