OSA and commercial drivers

Are you taking the necessary steps to ensure your staff and contractors are managing fatigue and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Here are some statistics relating to commercial drivers in New Zealand.

Our clinical analysis indicates that  29% of commercial drivers  are suffering from moderate to severe OSA. 

Our clinical analysis indicates that 29% of commercial drivers are suffering from moderate to severe OSA. 

According to figures from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) there were  161 serious bus crashes  resulting in casualties last year, 40 more than in 2016.

According to figures from the Ministry of Transport (MOT) there were 161 serious bus crashes resulting in casualties last year, 40 more than in 2016.

In 2017, eleven people died.  A further 274 people – passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles - were injured, 64 of them severely.

In 2017, eleven people died. A further 274 people – passengers, pedestrians, and people in other vehicles - were injured, 64 of them severely.

Left untreated, OSA frequently results in daytime sleepiness and manifests itself in drivers having micro sleeps.

Clinical testing is fast, inexpensive and readily available to the corporate sector, as are treatments with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines.

Fatigue can be managed with a whole range of strategies including modifying rostering, work days etc., but OSA must be treated clinically.