SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE
Sleep Apnea screening for transportation, manufacturing and distribution workers of all types is encouraged. This includes those that operate and maintain the equipment.
Certainly the nature of air traffic controller shift work and truck drivers boring stretches of road affect alertness on the job. However a program to screen for sleep apnea and ensure CPAP compliance is extremely important in taking this medical condition out of the equation.
Snoring and sleep apnea can exacerbate medical conditions of hypertension and diabetes, and increase potential of heart disease and stroke. In addition to causing safety and productivity problems in the work place and on the highway.
Screening, testing and treating sleep apnea offers the rewards of a good, healthy and safe life both in the patients and those surrounding them.
Research has linked obstructive sleep apnea to increased risk of work-place related injuries and motor-vehicle accidents. Effective treatment of OSA which involves a strong follow-up plan promotes safety at work and on the road.