The FMCSA Clearinghouse was created by the FMCSA to help keep commercial drivers safe on the road. It requires all employers of CDL (Commercial Driver License) holders, and CDL holders themselves, to comply with certain regulations.
For employers, this means they need to register in the FMCSA Clearinghouse and query current and prospective employees when hiring or transferring them.
The Medical Review Officer reports positive drug results and medical refusals. The employer or their CTPA (i.e., WorkPlace Screening Intelligence) positive alcohol test results, Refusals, Return to Duty and other items for their driver-employees as soon as possible. This helps ensure that drivers are compliant with FMCSA policies and keeping the roads safe for everyone.
Drivers must also be aware of FMCSA regulations and take steps to remain compliant. This includes updating their personal information in the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, and submitting self-queries to see if they have any outstanding violations or negative drug or alcohol test results.
By complying with FMCSA Clearinghouse requirements, both employers and drivers can help keep commercial vehicles safe on the roads while ensuring compliance with FMCSA regulations.
It is important for employers and employees to understand FMCSA Clearinghouse regulations, so it is recommended that they provide education on the requirements to their staff. Supervisors should also be informed of FMCSA Clearinghouse policies and have a general understanding of how to submit queries, report negative drug or alcohol test results, and otherwise remain compliant with FMCSA regulations. Providing this kind of information will help ensure that everyone understands FMCSA Clearinghouse requirements, which can help keep CDL holders safe on the roads while ensuring compliance with FMCSA regulations.
Who can help employers? FMCSA Clearinghouse has a help desk. CTPAs, like WorkPlace Screening Intelligence can help employers navigate the FMCSA Clearinghouse Mandate. WorkPlace Screening Intelligence provides:
Mandated Employee/Supervisor training specifically on Clearinghouse
Employer training on how to document:
- Positive BATS
- Actual knowledge of drug and alcohol before or while on duty
- Query Information
- And Much More
Please call WorkPlace Screening Intelligence at 844-573-8378 or [email protected] for more clearinghouse info on how we can provide full service FMCSA Clearinghouse Support.