The FMCSA has signaled big changes in an effort to close a loophole in the DOT Return to Duty Process. In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking state licensing agencies will be required to “downgrade” the license of a driver for whom a verified positive drug test, a confirmed alcohol test of 0.04 or higher, a refusal to submit to a test, or an employer’s actual knowledge is reported to the Clearinghouse. In short- fail a urine drug screen or breath alcohol test, you will lose your license as well.
The goal of this proposed change is to make sure that employees are not merely switching employers following a violation. CFR Part 40 requires those employees to complete the specified Return to Duty Process which includes seeing a qualified Substance Abuse Professional. While no date has been announced for this change it will likely occur as the Clearinghouse goes into effect in January, 2020. The Clearinghouse requires all violations to be entered into a web-based data system.
We at Heartland Intervention, LLC applaud this change but realize that it will likely result in dramatically higher costs for employees. We are a leading provider of DOT Substance Abuse Professional evaluations in Indiana. If you have any questions about this change the current DOT Return to Duty guidelines, call Scott J. Watson, SAP directly at 317-752-8811.
When a child steps onto a school bus there is an assumption that the bus driver is sober. When a 140,000 pound airplane surges down a runway, the passengers and their loved ones have an expectation that the pilot is not himself “a mile high”. There are pack & ship companies who work with airports to get the best result. When a commuter steps onto the train that will carry her to and from a downtown office she may not ever wonder if the one in charge may have taken somebody else’s pain or anxiety medication. This is because travel in the United States is among the safest in the world.
Heartland Intervention founder Scott J. Watson will be speaking this week at the 9th Annual Federal Transit Administration Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. As a DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Scott will be outlining the roles and responsibilities of employers, employees and the SAP in the DOT Return to Duty process as outlined in CFR Part 40.
Heartland Intervention and Mr. Watson take very seriously the safety of the travelling public. As a DOT/SAP, Scott works with both employees and employers to make sure that they are compliant with the DOT rules for each of the six operating administrations. Anytime there is a question about CFR Part 40, modal rules, or the responsibilities of the employer, employee and SAP we are here to help.
Heartland Intervention is a leading provider of DOT/SAP services in the United States and Central Indiana. Call Scott directly today at 877/752-8811. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for an assessment or to discuss how we may help you or your company remain compliant and the travelling public safe.