Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse: What Drivers Need To Know

September 4, 2019

Vancouver, Washington – September 4, 2019 -- Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), providers of training solutions for the transportation industry, today announced a new Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse lesson. The latest addition to the PRO-TREAD library of training courses presents critical information about the new FMCSA clearinghouse regulations, which go into effect on January 6, 2020.

“This new Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse lesson provides essential, need-to-know information,” said Laura McMillan, vice president of training development for ITI.  “Progressive fleets see that the clearinghouse will have a big impact on their HR operations, and they need to provide factual information for drivers and managers. This course will help fleets implement the new regulation. We expect most fleets to use the course as a part of their on-boarding process for new hires.”

Under the final rule, the following groups must notify drivers that they will report information to the clearinghouse.

  • FMCSA-regulated employers
  • Medical review officers (MROs)
  • Designated DOT-qualified substance abuse professionals (SAPs)
  • Third-party administrators

Employers must also register with the clearinghouse and perform annual queries on current employees. They must also search the clearinghouse to see if a driver they are hiring has any drug or alcohol violations. The clearinghouse is scheduled to start on January 6, 2020 and will contain violations that occur on or after that date.

Drivers that complete the ITI Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse course will understand the purpose of the shared data, how they can access that data and petition the FMCSA to make corrections to the database. The lesson also explains why it is important for drivers to know that the clearinghouse provides transparency to drivers, employers and state licensing agencies concerning past violations, and the completion of prescribed treatment plans to ensure they can drive safely and legally. ITI can also customize the lesson to include any additional disclosures required by a fleet.

Topics covered in the new ITI Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse lesson include:

  • What information will be in the clearinghouse
  • Who can enter information into the clearinghouse
  • Employer searches of the clearinghouse
  • How do drivers get access to the clearinghouse
  • Notifying current employers of violations
  • State licensing agency access to the clearinghouse
  • What a driver does if they disagree with information in the clearinghouse
  • How owner-operators use the new clearinghouse

The new Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse lesson from ITI uses its Mastery Learning strategy techniques with advanced graphics. The lesson can be taken from any connected device including iOS and Android for maximum convenience. As part of the PRO-TREAD family, the lesson can be assigned and tracked automatically for ease of record keeping and compliance.

About Instructional Technologies, Inc.

Founded in 1995 and based in Vancouver, Washington, Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI) is the leading provider of online training to the transportation industry. The company’s commitment to training is based on the principles of mastery learning, accurate and automated record keeping, and up-to-date information that ensure personnel have been effectively trained and detailed records kept.  ITI makes fleets and warehouses safer and more profitable through its PRO-TREAD® library of more than 150 standard training courses that blend engaging content with real-world, how-to scenarios, its On Ramp™ ELDT (Entry Level Driver Training), and its Sentix® platform that automates the day-to-day administration of an online training program in addition to integrating with transportation management and back office systems. Transportation and logistics companies choose ITI because of its automated learning management system, custom training capabilities, flexible lesson methodologies, and engaging 3D animations that improve retention, ensure subject matter mastery and lower the total cost of training. For more information, please visit www.instructiontech.net.

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Susan Fall

LaunchIt Public Relations



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