Obesity Epidemic in Commercial Drivers
We had a patient that weighs 594 pounds. I’m trying to finding documentation about specific requirements before this pt. can be cleared to drive.Of course he is in a Union that thinks we’re picking on him. I know he needs a sleep apnea workup. also since he weighed 460 pounds last year and now weighs 594 our MD wants an ECHO for cardiac function. But is there anything else??
You are responsible for ensuring that only the driver who meets the Federal physical qualification requirements is issued a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. When you issue a Medical Examiner’s Certificate, you are certifying that the driver is medically fit for duty and can perform the driver role that is described in the Medical Examination Form.
Operating a commercial vehicle is considered a heavy duty job. Although there is no specific “cutoff” for weight or BMI, the medical examiner does need to evaluate the driver for conditions that would affect fitness for duty and safe operation of the vehicle.