FMCSA Clearinghouse Query Plans announced

Employers to Query FMCSA Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol rules violations Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces more details regarding the Clearinghouse Query process FMCSA has established that employers must purchase “Query Plans” to perform the queries required under the new Clearinghouse for violations by commercial drivers of rules governing illicit drugs use and […]

Prepare for Commercial Driver Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Commercial Driver Drug and Alcohol Test Clearinghouse is a database of violations and corrective actions. It is scheduled to begin operations next year. Advance planning is necessary. Before January 6, 2020 all employers of commercial drivers must be registered to hire new drivers. Effective January 6, 2020, any motor carrier hiring a new driver must […]

OSHA says most Post-injury drugs testing is unlawful

In a ruling to take effect November 1, 2016, OSHA bans blanket testing after a workplace injury. Company policies which require all workers to be tested when seeking treatment for a work injury are considered “retaliatory” by OSHA, and so are not allowable. This ruling does not apply to DOT or other government regulated testing. […]

Company policy on substance abuse

Revised 10/31/2018 for clarity and completeness Workplace Drug Testing must be based on a formal company policy. Many employees are subject to testing for illicit drugs use and alcohol intoxication as a condition of employment. It is important for employers who require such testing to have in place a written policy defining who will be […]

Observed collections in DOT urine drugs testing

(Revised for readability Nov 10 2018) Observation is either required, or not allowed, in mandated testing. Under some circumstances, collection of urine specimens for drugs screening must be observed directly by collection personnel. Observation must be by a person of the same gender as the testing subject. This is an important factor in choosing a […]

Selection of Specimen Collection and Testing Sites

In urine drugs testing, collection of the specimen is critically important . If drivers are in Northern California and able to have testing and specimen collection performed at our parent company, Occupational Health Services, you can be assured that all collectors and alcohol testing technicians are qualified, experienced, and certified. However, if testing might be […]

CMR: New site, updated mission

In an effort to provide timely and authoritative information to my clients and the public in general, I am developing this system to create articles of interest and assemble them into newsletters. Please register for the newsletter if you wish to receive occasional and irregular updates on topics of interest to commercial drivers and their […]