Tuesday, July 21 2020
As a business that operates commercial vehicles, you are considered part of the safety-sensitive transportation industry. Thus, many people are entrusting their safety to you. So it is your responsibility to make sure the ones operating your vehicles are not abusing dangerous substances. DOT drug testing provides that solution. However, how do we stop habitual offenders who job hop from employer to employer? This is why the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse was established.
Following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Clearinghouse law, owner-operators and employers have to frequently update, report, and answer questions about each driver they will or currently employ. While the new drug and alcohol clearinghouse mandate solved one important loophole that drivers took advantage of, this does mean more work for all companies but more so for owner-operators. And if you add that with your daily tasks of running your business, it can be very challenging. This is why you need a third-party administrator that can help you - us.
Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) offers a full array of DOT services for safety-sensitive transportation companies like you. Let our more than 25 years of experience in the industry help you comply with regulations and make running your business easier.
What is the Clearinghouse?
People who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol are more likely to put themselves and those around them at risk, especially if they are drivers. So to improve safety on public roads and highways, the FMCSA has developed a system that allows agencies, companies, and law enforcement officials to quickly identify Commercial Driver's License holders (CDL drivers) and Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) holders who have committed a drug and alcohol program violation. This system is called the Clearinghouse.
What is the Purpose of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?
The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse went into effect on January 6, 2020. Through this secure online database, you will have all the necessary tools and information you need to identify drivers who are prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The system allows you to know if a driver has committed a drug and alcohol program offense while under a different employer. This is important as current regulations require drivers to inform another employer of such cases. Additionally, Clearinghouse will help you identify drivers who go "job-hopping" or those who move often and obtain CDLs in different states.
Generally, the Clearinghouse helps maintain complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about each driver. Meaning, it will help you find quality drivers that you can trust. As a result, you can help keep roadways safer for all drivers, commuters, and pedestrians.
Why Do You Need Clearinghouse Services?
If you are in the business of moving cargo and part of the safety-sensitive industry, keeping up with all the information and regulations needed to hire CDL holders can be overwhelming. You have to comply with the drug and alcohol testing program and report violations. Also, as part of the pre-employment process, you have to do a Clearinghouse questionnaire before you can allow a driver to operate a CMV. Even for your current employees, you need to do an annual questionnaire as well. And it doesn't stop there. You also have to encourage and train your drivers to use the Clearinghouse.
As a fleet owner or owner-operator, all these tasks take effort and money to accomplish (you have to pay for every query). Not to mention the time you need to learn your way around the FMCSA Clearinghouse database and understand all the information given. If you already have a lot of things to worry about, let us take these tasks off your hands so you can focus on more important aspects of your business.
As your third party administrator, we will conduct queries on your behalf. More importantly, with our clearinghouse services, you can easily meet the mandated requirements.
Workplace Screening Intelligence (WSI) Clearinghouse Services
If you are looking for an easy solution to meet all the mandates of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, our support program is your best option.
Our WSI Clearinghouse Support Program is affordable and reliable. It includes the following key clearinghouse services:
In addition to these, we also perform basic Clearinghouse tasks such as:
Find a Quality Driver with WSI Clearinghouse Services
With WSI Clearinghouse Services, you can find and employ drivers that you can trust. We will help make sure that an individual has not failed or refused to take the tests required by law. On the other hand, if a driver has recorded violations, we will help you check whether or not he has completed the required Return-to-Duty process.
Aside from helping you find quality drivers, we are also here to help you navigate through the Clearinghouse processes. We will handle the required reporting as well as the required queries so you can save time and money. Plus, you don't have to worry about additional Clearinghouse responsibilities.
For more information about the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse mandate and how we can support you, contact WSI today. You can call us at 800-338-5515 or send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.