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Maximum BP allowed for Passing DOT Physical

Question:
Is the maximum allowable blood pressure still 160/90 on the DOT physical? My family doctor told me that it that it is going to be lowered to 140/90. This would affect a lot of people, as I like many others have to work to keep that top number down in the 140 range.

Answer:

That get together every year or so and offer GUIDELINES to the actual regulations. They most often address Cardiac isssues, Diabetic issues,Sleep apnea, and blood pressure.
One of their most recent offerings for GUIDELINES has been the lowering of the acceptable B/P to 140/90.
The regulations still stand at 160/90 but some companies are adopting these GUIDELINES as the top limit of acceptable readings.
That decision is strictly up to the company and they have the right to do so.
I suspect that sometime in the near future, this may become an actual regulatory change.
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Answer:

Thanks for the interesting response. Apparently, my present carrier is considering the reduction to a 140/90 maximum--back to more diet and exercise!!

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As a dirver and one that has high blood pressure as yourself, the standard is still 160/90, your employer may wish to addopt the lower standard, but in reallity they are not allowed to circumvent the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
The Regulations do allow a state or local government agency to implement a higher standard, but there is no pervision for an employer , If employer's were allowed to right the Regulations, well get the picture.
Also If you pass a Dept, of Trans. Physical, and your employer refused to hire you based on that, or refused to allow u to continue your employment, You would have a legal case before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and The American Disiabilites Act.
If this ever happens to you let me know, and we can go from there, There is a lot of info that you can look at on click on the EEOC, Icon and the ADA Icon.
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That this "guideline" will become regulation in September of 2004.
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