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Start Registering With the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in Fall 2019

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FMCSA is implementing a new Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to try to keep the country’s road safer by keeping CDL drivers with dangerous driving histories off the road. Beginning in January of 2020, anyone who employs CDL drivers and the drivers themselves will be required to use the clearinghouse.

Currently, if a CDL holder fails a drug or alcohol test, or refuses one, they can simply move to another state and drive there. This means that these drivers who have already proven to be a risk can simply continue driving without further repercussions. The clearinghouse will be a central database that will track information across states, making it harder for these drivers to find new work. The information will be in real-time, so that any drivers who commit these violations will not be able to get back behind the wheel until they have completed all the required steps to return to work safely.

Timeline
Starting in the fall of 2019, employers can register with the clearinghouse and create accounts to access it. Then when the website launches in January 2020, use of the clearinghouse will be mandatory. They will use it to report information about driver drug and alcohol violations, and they will also be able to query that information. During the first 3 years of the website’s implementation, employers can request testing history from previous employers, but after January of 2023, all of that information will be directly available in the clearinghouse.

How Does it Affect?
This clearinghouse will include information for anyone who drives CMVs on public roads, including transports, bus drivers, equipment operators, limousine drivers, and anyone else who is subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol testing. Employers will be required to both provide information to the clearinghouse, and to query it for any possibly new hires.

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How Minnesota Occupational Health Can Help You

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Thousands of workers are injured on the job every year.  That is why there are places such as Minnesota Occupational Health. They can provide many services that will help get employees back to work safely, while working with employers. We pride ourselves on providing the best in customer service, communication, and also clinical expertise.

There is no end to the type of injuries that our services providers treat on a regular basis. These can include strains and sprains, dislocations, bone fractures, chemical exposure, burns, and much more.

We believe in providing injury care to workers in the same way we would to professional athletes. Just like the goal is to get them back on the field, the goal for our injured employee clients is to get them back to work safely, or to help keep them mobile so they can continue working safely. If you are injured, visit one of our walk-in clinics for help.

We believe that injury recovery and returning to work should be done in collaboration between healthcare provider, employer, and employee. We will communicate with all parties involved so that everyone understands the situation and what is appropriate for the worker. This means consulting on return-to-work plans, such as light duty accommodations. We have therapists and specialists who will know what the employer is able to do, and what they should avoid to protect their health.

Our service providers have a wealth of knowledge and experience in treating work-related injuries and the recovery it takes to return to work. Every facility provides X-ray services, and we can provide referrals for MRI and other tests.

Whether you are an employer or an employee, working with Minnesota Occupational Health means you will be provided with complete information every step of the way. We will work with everyone involved so that an injured worker can return to work safely and productively.