How Does the FMCSA Clearinghouse Help Me?

If your business is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), you have surely heard of the FMCSA Clearinghouse by now. If you haven’t heard of the FMCSA Clearinghouse, you must contact your Drug and Alcohol Consortium or Third Party Administrator (C/TPA) to get enrolled! What is the FMCSA Clearinghouse? The FMCSA opened…

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14 Answers to Return to Duty Drug Testing Questions

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1. What is return to duty drug testing? Return to duty drug testing most commonly occurs within safety-sensitive positions. It’s a single test required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) performed at a scheduled time followed by successful completion of a drug and alcohol recovery program.  Those managing the general workforce are free to set…

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Is Post-Accident Drug Testing Required?

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If you employ safety-sensitive workers, you know about the inevitability of accidents, even if your drug and alcohol testing policy is solid. What do you do when you get that dreaded call that one of your employees has been involved in an accident? Is post-accident drug testing always required? According to the U.S. Department of…

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CASE STUDY: Do Businesses with Multiple Locations Across the Country Need a Different TPA for Each State?

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An interesting conversation with one of our trucking company owners brought to light a misunderstanding. He believed he had to assign a different TPA (Third Party Administrator) for each of his locations. Our client had more than one driver, each based in a different state. He thought that Oklahoma City-based Lobdock Impairment Detection could only…

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What is the Purpose of Random Drug Testing?

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Random drug testing is one of the easiest ways to improve workplace safety, not because you may catch drug users, although you may. That’s not the point. Random Drug Testing deters drug use and ensures a sober workforce without singling out specific employees. Detecting drug use among employees is nearly impossible. Once the signs are…

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What’s a C/TPA and Why Do I Need One?

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A “C/TPA?” A C/TPA, or Consortium/Third Party Administrator (also referred to as a “service agent”), manages all or part of your company’s non-DOT or DOT drug and alcohol testing program. A comprehensive C/TPA also helps you create drug-free workplace programs and stays on top of federal laws for you. Simply put, a good TPA makes…

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Hiring A TPA: 8 Tips to Find a Good Fit

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Hiring a TPA (Third Party Administrator) to manage your drug and alcohol testing program can be stressful, particularly when it comes to regulation-based testing. Before you make that big decision, consider the following 8 simple questions that can help you properly hire a great TPA for the least amount of money. 1. Will I be…

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Clearing Up The Clearinghouse

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The Clearinghouse is a new FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) requirement that tracks drug and alcohol violations. (Think: refusals and positives) Every CDL licensed driver that is regulated under the FMCSA must be registered through the Clearinghouse. In addition, each employer of those FMCSA regulated employees must be registered The hardest part of this…

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