Risk & Safety

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Abby Oakman
Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse
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Published on Dec 12

On January 6th 2020, the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Database became operational, and it’s requirements became effective. This mandatory database can be used by employers to identify drivers prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions. For example, operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), due to a drug and alcohol program violation. Using the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol database will help you look at the driving history of the driver in question, helping you to hire qualified safe drivers. Employers hiring safe drivers will help keep our roads safer. For more information how to keep our roads safe and how to to effectively train your drivers read our blog on the Importance of Effective Driver Training.

The Clearinghouse rule applies to FMCSA-regulated employers, medical review officers (MROs), substance abuse professionals (SAPs), consortia/third-party administrators (C/TPAs) and other service agents. It requires them to report to the Clearinghouse if their current or potential employees (possessing a commercial drivers license), have any Federal Regulation drug and alcohol violations according to Code 49, parts 40 and 382.

Employers are required to run an annual query before January 5th, for each driver they employ. The first deadline to run annual queries, through the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, for all current CDL drivers, is fast approaching. Visit the Clearinghouse webpage today to learn more about the database, and how to complete your query.

If your company isn’t registered in the FMCSA Clearinghouse, or if you’re unsure of this requirement, please listen to our upcoming webinar.

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