(1)An applicant for a school bus driver’s permit or certificate, or renewal of a school bus driver’s certificate must have passed a physical examination approved by the Oregon Department of Education and administered within six months prior to the date of application by an individual certified by FMCSA and listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
(2)Physicians completing the required ODE forms for diabetic persons must be a:
(a)Board certified endocrinologist;
(b)Board certified diabetologist;
(c)Board certified family practitioner; or
(d)Board certified internist.
(3)A cardiac stress test shall be required with medical examination given any evidence of myocardial infarction within the past three months or unstable angina pectoris. The examining physician may require a resting electrocardiogram (ECG) or other testing as determined appropriate related to coronary insufficiency, thrombosis or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse or congestive heart failure.
(4)Physical examination and certificate application forms adopted by the ODE shall be utilized by applicants for a school bus driver’s certificate or permit.
(5)An applicant is physically qualified to drive a school bus if the applicant:
(a)Has no impairment in the use of the driver’s foot, leg, finger, hand or arm or other structural defect or limitation likely to interfere with the driver’s ability to perform tasks associated with operating a school bus. Drivers may be required to demonstrate their ability to:
(A)Utilize a manually operated bus entrance door control with a force of at least 30 pounds;
(B)Ascend and descend steps with a maximum step height of 17 1⁄2 inches;
(C)Operate two hand controls simultaneously and quickly;
(D)Have a reaction time of 3⁄4 of a second or less from the throttle to the brake control;
(E)Carry or drag a 125 pound person 30 feet in 30 seconds or less;
(F)Depress a brake pedal with the foot to a pressure of at least 90 pounds;
(G)Depress a clutch pedal with the foot to a pressure of at least 40 pounds unless operating an automatic transmission; and
(H)Exit from an emergency door opening of 24 x 48 inches at least 42 inches from the ground in ten seconds or less.
(b)Is physically able to open all emergency exits installed in any school bus they drive; and
(c)Has no mental, nervous, organic or functional disease or disability likely to interfere with safe driving or other responsibilities of a school bus driver.
(d)Has visual acuity of at least 20⁄40 (Snellen) in each eye either with or without corrective lenses and a binocular acuity of at least 20⁄40 (Snellen) in both eyes either with or without corrective lenses. Form field of vision shall not be less than a total of 140 degrees and the ability to distinguish colors red, green and yellow. Drivers requiring corrective lenses shall wear properly prescribed lenses at all times while driving.
(e)Perceives a forced whispered voice in the better ear not less than five feet with or without the use of a hearing aid, or if tested by the use of an audiometric device, the applicant shall not have average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and 2,000 Hz with or without a hearing aid when the audiometric device is calibrated to American National Standard Z24.5-1951. Drivers requiring a hearing aid shall wear a properly operating hearing aid at all times while driving.
(A)Does not use any controlled substance identified in 21 CFR 1308.11 Schedule 1, an amphetamine, a narcotic, or other habit-forming drug.
(B)Does not use any non-Schedule I controlled substance except when the use is pursuant to the instructions of a licensed medical practitioner who is familiar with the driver’s medical history and has advised the driver that the substance will not adversely affect the driver’s ability to safely operate a school bus.
(g)Has no current clinical diagnosis of alcoholism.
(h)Has not had a loss of consciousness or loss of control (cognitive function) due to a diabetic event within the preceding one year period, provided there has not been a recurrent hypoglycemic reaction requiring assistance of another person within the previous five years. A period of one year of demonstrated stability is required following the first episode of hypoglycemia.
(i)Does not have a diabetic condition; Applicants with a diabetic condition may be physically qualified provided they comply with all of the following requirements. Drivers shall:
(A)Self-monitor their blood glucose and demonstrate a blood glucose level of more than 100mg/dl and less than 300 mg/dl, using a device approved by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, within one hour before driving pupil transporting vehicles and approximately every four hours while on duty;
(B)Report immediately to their employer, any failure to comply with specific glucose level requirements as listed in paragraphs (i)(A) and (E) of this subsection, or loss of consciousness or control;
(C)Maintain a daily log of all blood glucose test results for the previous six month period and provide copies to their employer, the examining physician and the Oregon Department of Education, upon request;
(D)Carry a source of readily absorbable, fast-acting glucose while on duty;
(E)Undergo and submit physician-signed results of a glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) test indicating glucose levels of more than 5.9 percent and less than 9.6 percent to their employer for transmission to the Oregon Department of Education every six months;
(F)Undergo and submit the results of an annual examination to detect any peripheral neuropathy, unstable diabetic retinopathy or clinically significant eye disease that prevents the individual from meeting current vision standards included in this rule, or circulatory insufficiency;
(G)Provide a signed statement by the examining physician indicating that within the past three years the driver has completed instruction to address diabetes management and driving safety, to identify signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and what procedures must be followed if complications from diabetes arise;
(H)Submit all required Oregon Department of Education forms signed by the appropriate medical professionals within the prescribed timelines;
(j)Does not have severe hypertension (grade 3 retinopathy); or
(k)Does not have an established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a motor vehicle.
(6)A driver is no longer physically qualified to operate a school bus and shall be immediately removed from duty for the following:
(A)Results of an HbA1c test indicating values less than 6.0 or greater than 9.5 unless accompanied by the required medical opinion that the event was incidental and not an indication of failure to control glucose levels;
(B)Results of self-monitoring indicate glucose levels less than 100 mg/dl or greater than 300 mg/dl, until self-monitoring indicates compliance with specifications; proofread
(C)Experiencing a loss of consciousness or control relating to a diabetic condition; or
(D)Failing to maintain or falsifying the required medical records.
(b)A new diagnosis of diabetes requiring insulin until all requirements under subsection (5)(i) have been met;
(c)Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of this section, if the driver has a serious illness, injury, or change in physical or mental condition and no longer meets the physical requirements outlined in this rule, then re-examination and medical approval are required before the driver may resume driving a school bus.
(7)Notwithstanding any other section of this rule, Type 20 CDL drivers and SPAB drivers shall meet the FMCSA physical requirements found in 49 CFR part 391 and shall carry a medical certificate to indicate compliance.
Rule 581-053-0040 — Physical Examinations,