The new drug and alcohol clearing house arrives in January and employers must start getting the approval of their drivers to get certain reports from the clearing house. The full query is made in two cases – the first occurs when you want to hire a new employee (including all applications before employment). The second instance in which a full query is executed is the result of the restricted query that found a CDL/CMV support data set in the database. If the employer or service agent, who makes a full request, is informed of the presence of information, a “full request” must be made after the driver has “given consent.” Please note that it is an offence to not consent an employee after posting a “Limited Query” data set. If the employee does not give consent after 24 hours, the “employer” must remove the employee from performing safety-sensitive duties. For a full consultation, the driver must give explicit consent to the employer before any full consultation. This consent must be granted electronically to the clearing house. Both types of queries have the same price tag of $1.25, but the advantage of starting with a limited query is that the driver is not required to give consent each time a limited query is executed. Instead, drivers can sign a single authorization that lasts for the duration of the job. If you make a “limited” request from existing staff, as required by the DOT each year, you must use a written consent form that authorizes you to make a “limited” request. According to the FMCSA, the following link contains an example of “General Consent for Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Applications. However, employers can use or adapt the content as they see fit.
For a limited request, a general agreement is required. This will be obtained outside the clearing house. Employers can obtain general multi-year consent from the driver for limited applications. A standard form for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) restricted authorization is available. What is the approval process for complete and limited applications? Section 382.703 (a) states that “no employer may ask the clearing house if there is a data set for a particular driver without first obtaining the written or electronic consent of that driver.” The type of consent required depends on the nature of the consultation. clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/Resource/Index/Sample-Limited- Single Consent Form A “full” request must be made in line with the “electronic” agreement of staff and potential new recruits. To deny it again, the application process will provide employers and C/TPAs with detailed information on all corrected or unresolved violations in a driver`s clearing house dataset. The specific electronic consent of the driver in the clearing house is required. Question 1: What is the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse? Yes, applications will come with a tax (and other clearinghouse FAQs) If your designated employer representative (DER) or Drug and Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) has not discussed the effects of this new regulation, now is the right time to review their corporate policy.
It`s also a good time to inform your employees of the potential effects their CDL license can cause and if they have tested positive in the past or if they have refused to submit to DOT tests that have not been resolved previously by working with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). To carry out this action, please follow these steps: drivers have the right to request information found on the clearing house either through a “Limited” or “Full” request.