What you need to Know?
By now you veterans know that you must have registered with the Clearinghouse as of January 6, 2020. You new guys and gals that have not yet registered must do it right away. As a registered CDL or CLP Driver you may use the Clearinghouse to view any of your records posted on Clearinghouse on/or after January 6, 2020 (Implementation Day).
The Clearinghouse lets you know exactly where you stand with the Drug and Alcohol Program. CDL Drivers can view their own records, provide prospective employers with access details about any violations, and select a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
What types of Drivers are affected?
All CDL Drivers who operate CMVs on public roads, including:
• Interstate and intrastate motor carriers, including passenger carriers.
• School Bus Drivers
• Construction equipment Drivers.
• Limousine Drivers.
• Municipal vehicle Operators.
• Federal Drivers subject to FMSCA Drug and Alcohol testing regulations, Such as Department of Defense, School Districts for example.
We all have a common interest in keeping our work place safe. This is the way to that goal.
“DOT is committed to maintaining public safety while providing maximum flexibility to allow Transportation industries to conduct their operations safely and efficiently during this period of national emergency.”
For DOT Regulated Employers (DOT guidance for March 23, 2020)
1. You must still comply with applicable training and testing requirements. DOT recognizes that resources for testing may be unavailable in certain areas. If fixed sites are not available, consider mobile.
2. If closures, State mandates or other impediments exist, you must document why a test was not completed. Follow up testing must be performed.
3. If testing resources are unavailable, underlying regulations still apply. Without a negative pre-employment drug test an employer may not permit perspective employees to perform DOT safety-sensitive functions.
Compliance Associates Inc. of Redding is open for business and ready to fulfill your drug testing needs.
“A secure, online database that will give employers and other authorized users real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations, thus improving safety on our Nation’s roadways.”
The Clearinghouse has been a long time coming, and now it’s here and it’s up and running. The premise is simple enough. If there has been a CDL holder negative test, every employer should have access to that information. By the same token every CDL holder should have the ability to make sure that his information is accurately reported.
Every driver, employer, owner-operator, C/TPA, MRO and SAP should understand the value of Clearinghouse and their role in the process. If you haven’t already done so, visit Clearinghouse now and click on Learning Center to see where you stand.
All of us know that Clearinghouse, if used promptly and effectively, is a good thing.