Employees should be well rested and alert no matter what the task, however it is imperative that employees who work in the transportation industry be alert and at their peak performance so they can react to any situation that may come their way. Their lives and the lives of others hang in the balance. Many high profile accidents have been in the news over the past few years that highlight the importance of identifying and treating sleep apnea for the sake of the employee and for the safety of the public.
Many companies are now screening employees and providing sleep tests for those employees who could be at risk. The NY Metropolitan Transit Authority was the first public transportation agency in the US to offer sleep apnea screening for all of it's employees... approximately 20,000 employees.