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  • Pitfalls to Creating a SAP List

    November 30 , 2020 09:49 am
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    As an employer with employees working in a Department of Transportation (DOT) safety sensitive capacity, it’s important to know what to do when an employee tests positive for drugs or alcohol, has a refusal to test or another type of violation. First, you must immediately remove that employee from safety sensitive duty and then provide the employee a local list of Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) so the employee can start the return-to-duty process.

  • FAA Notice of Enforcement Discretion for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

    November 10 , 2020 03:31 pm
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    Notice from the FAA

  • Implications of Substance Use Disorders for employers

    November 03 , 2020 11:58 am
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    By: National Safety Council

    From opioids to alcohol, prescription medications to recreational drugs, impairment is a serious issue facing today’s workplace. In fact, 75% of adults with a substance use disorder are in the workforce. More than 72,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017, and more than two thirds of those deaths involved opioids.

  • How to keep drugs out of the workplace

    November 03 , 2020 11:45 am
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    By: David Sparkman, EHS Today

    Recent reports show that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, drugs and alcohol abuse has skyrocketed and remains a significant occupational safety challenge for employers. Add to that the changing state laws regarding marijuana use, and it’s clear that employers need to act now to update their organizations’ drug policies.

  • Working on addiction in the workplace

    November 03 , 2020 07:22 am
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    By: John F. Kelly, PhD, Harvard Health Publishing

    When unaddressed, alcohol and other drug use disorders in the workplace are costly and dangerous for organizations, as well as individuals. There are many good examples of successful programs and resources available that can help, and with over 22 million Americans currently in recovery from alcohol and other drug use disorders, creating a drug-free workplace is entirely possible.

  • Driver Records: What Information is Reported to the Clearinghouse?

    October 20 , 2020 07:14 am
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    FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse

    The FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse contains information on all violations of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program incurred by drivers who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP). These violations include:

  • Drug Testing: How Both Employers and Employees Benefit

    October 02 , 2020 11:23 am
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    By William Current, EHS Today

  • Have You Conducted Your FMCSA Clearinghouse Annual Inquires?

    October 01 , 2020 02:12 pm
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    By ASAP

    What is the FMCSA Clearinghouse?

    Since the early 1990s, the Department of Transportation (DOT) has used drug and alcohol testing to monitor safety-sensitive transportation employees to ensure our Nation’s safety. To further enhance public safety, congress mandated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a mode of the DOT, to launch a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse by January 6, 2020.

  • Work From Home’s Impact on Drug Testing

    September 30 , 2020 09:20 am
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    By Jared Rosenthal, EHS Today

    There are many aspects of both our work and personal lives that have changed since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many non-essential companies and workers quickly pivoted into remote work, otherwise known as “work from home” (WFH). More than 40 million Americans have lost their jobs. Companies are dealing with many critical changes that they are struggling to adapt to. Ensuring that long-standing employment drug testing policies are adjusted for a dramatically changed work environment is one of those crucial matters.

  • Sandra Serrano Announced SAPAA President for 2020-2021

    September 14 , 2020 01:12 pm
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    Congratulations to Sandra Serrano, SAPAA President 2020-2021. Sandra has been an active member of the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016. As a Board member, she has utilized her experience to help further SAPAA’s mission to promote the highest standards of quality and integrity in the field. As the Membership Committee Chairperson, she lead monthly meetings to discuss  goals, benchmarks, and progress. Sandra also serves on the Conference and Government Relations Committees, as well on a sub-committee on the FMCSA Clearinghouse.

  • American Workers are Failing Drug Tests at the Highest Rate in 16 years

    September 04 , 2020 12:22 pm
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    By Graham Rapier, Business Insider

    American workers subjected to drug tests at work tested positive at the highest rate in 16 years in 2019, according to one of the largest testing providers, despite growing public support for legalized marijuana.

    Quest Diagnostics said Tuesday that workforce drug positivity rates hit 4.5% in 2019, the highest since 2003. The company says the coronavirus pandemic — which shows no signs of stopping soon in the US — likely accelerated some substance use.

  • Links Between Addiction and Mental Illness: Myths vs. Facts

    September 04 , 2020 07:26 am
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    By Robert Yagoda, US News

    We've seen it before, whether on screen or in our own lives: A friend, co-worker, loved one or even an acquaintance can't grapple with day-to-day life, and reaches for something perilously strong in liquid or powder form in order to help them cope. Fade to black.

  • Fleets Can Support Drivers’ Mental Health Through Awareness, Communication

    September 03 , 2020 07:20 am
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    By Transport Topics

    Truck drivers sometimes bear the image of being “tough” and impervious to emotional stresses, a perception that doesn’t always lend itself to open discussions about mental health. But truckers and their employers are working to change that image and pay greater attention to mental health and how it influences workers’ overall well-being — as well as work performance.

  • FMCSA Clearinghouse Requires Annual Queries

    August 31 , 2020 10:32 am
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    The FMCSA Clearinghouse requires employers to conduct annual queries by January 5, 2021. Per § 382.701, employers of CDL drivers must conduct a query of the Clearinghouse at least once per year for each CDL driver they employ.

    The annual query requirement is tracked on a rolling 12-month basis. The one-year time frame resets with each query conducted on a driver. For example, if an employer conducted a query for Driver A on July 6, 2020, the employer is not required to query Driver A again until July 7, 2021, to meet the annual query requirement.

  • How to Prepare for a SAP Evaluation

    August 07 , 2020 03:37 pm
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    By ASAP

    When a Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated employee refuses a drug/alcohol test or tests positive, they are required to complete the Return-to-Duty process before returning to safety-sensitive job duties. The first step in the process is to be evaluated by a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). If you find yourself in this position, how do you prepare? Here is a quick guide from American Substance Abuse Professionals, Inc. (ASAP).

  • Weed is Not Good for Your Heart, Studies Say

    August 06 , 2020 11:58 am
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    By Sandra LaMotte, CNN

    You may love smoking weed, but it does not love your heart, according to the American Heart Association's new scientific statement on marijuana.

  • Pot tops Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse’s Positive Drug Test List

    August 05 , 2020 10:05 am
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    By Chuck Robinson, Land Line

     

    Marijuana users, a monthly report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has a none-too-subtle warning for you.

  • Breaking Down Common Clearinghouse Misconceptions

    August 05 , 2020 09:37 am
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    By Cristina Commendatore, American Trucker

    Although the industry knew the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse was inevitable, less than three months into the new rule, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and created additional confusion.

  • CBD Products May Not Be as Intoxicant-Free As Drivers Think, DOT Warns

    August 03 , 2020 07:12 am
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    By: Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver

    The feds warn commercial drivers that it could show up on drug tests, saying many CBD products do contain some THC, the psychoactive part of marijuana, even if it's not supposed to be there.

  • Finding DOT Qualified SAPs: Tips for Employers and Employees

    July 21 , 2020 08:04 am
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    By: ASAP

  • Have a Positive DOT Drug Test? Now What?

    July 13 , 2020 10:52 am
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    By: ASAP

    Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated employees must complete drug and alcohol testing at several points in their employment, including pre-employment, post-accident, and random drug testing, among others. What happens if you fail one of these tests? What are the rules for a positive DOT drug test? Read on to learn more.

  • Does Legalizing Recreational Cannabis Lead to Higher Traffic-Fatality Rates?

    July 13 , 2020 10:42 am
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    By Joe Elia, NEJM Journal Watch

    Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

    New research, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggests a potential effect of legalizing recreational cannabis use on traffic-fatality rates.

  • Self-driving trucks Hit the Road at Scale with TuSimple's New Freight Network

    July 13 , 2020 10:26 am
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    By: Sean Szymkowski, TuSimple

  • Why Marijuana Could Be Risky for Your Heart

    July 09 , 2020 09:52 am
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    By Brendan Bures, The French Toast

  • Marijuana and Cocaine: Top Drug Clearinghouse Violations

    June 18 , 2020 02:50 pm
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    By: John Gallagher, FreightWaves

    Marijuana is by far the drug of choice among drivers testing positive for controlled substances, according to data compiled by the federal Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

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