FMCSA Proposes Drug/Alcohol Clearinghouse for Drivers

Under the newly proposed rule, employers would have to check the clearinghouse before hiring new workers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has proposed a new rule that would create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for everyone who holds a commercial driver’s license. According to a press release from DOT, the clearinghouse would require employers to check the drug/alcohol testing history of applicants before hiring them, which would in turn make it easier to determine if a truck or bus driver shouldn’t be on the road. The clearinghouse would also require employers to check on their current drivers annually.

According to the press release, current regulations require a pre-screening of an applicant’s driver record, however there is no repository in place that would allow employers to check the drug and alcohol history of potential employees. The clearinghouse would allow employers to see if applicants had failed a drug or alcohol test in the past.

The proposed rule would also require medical review officers, substance abuse professionals, FMCSA regulated bus and truck companies, and third party USDOT testing laboratories to report drivers who fail a drug or alcohol test, refuse to submit to a drug or alcohol test and successfully complete a substance abuse program and can legally return to duty.

According to the press release, “drivers who refuse to provide this information could still be employed by the truck or bus company; however, they could not occupy safety-sensitive positions, such as operating a commercial motor vehicle.” The proposed rule was directed by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. 

Download Center

  • Hand Safety Program

    Hand injuries are the #1 preventable industrial accident worldwide. In REThinking Hand Safety, the most comprehensive book on hand safety, you'll learn how top companies have reduced hand injuries by up to 90% and what the most successful hand safety programs have in common. Get your free copy today!

  • Free 1-on-1 Consultations

    Is your company ready to reduce hand injuries? Schedule a free meeting with a Superior Glove hand safety expert and learn how to reduce hand injuries, lower PPE costs, and increase worker productivity. Our 1-on-1 consultations offer personalized advice and recommendations for your specific needs and concerns.

  • Glove 101 Guide

    Choosing the right safety gloves for your workers can be a daunting task. That’s where some basic knowledge of gloves can really come in handy! In this comprehensive guide you’ll find key information you need to know about safety gloves from types of gloves and materials to additives, treatments, safety standards, and more.

  • Sample Program

    Find the right safety gloves for your team and try before you buy—in just 3 easy steps! Simply add the products you want to try to your sample box, complete the sample request form, and wait for your samples to arrive at no cost to you.

  • Water Protection Product Guide

    Find the right safety gloves for your workers that are designed to protect in wet environments. From light and flexible to heavy duty, find the best water-resistant gloves with mechanical protection to safeguard workers.

  • Superior Glove

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2022

    November December 2022

    Featuring:

    • IH: GAS DETECTION
      The Evolution of Gas Detection
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2022
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Enhance Your Fall Protection Program with Technology
    • 90TH ANNIVERSARY
      The Future: How Safety WIll Continue to Evolve
    View This Issue