Government, Business, Safety

Drug Use Increases for Workers in Transportation, Warehousing Sector

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Drug use by workers in five sectors of the U.S. economy — including the transportation/warehousing sector — showed significant increases from 2015 to 2017, according to a new analysis of more than 10 million urine drug test results nationally by drug testing firm Quest Diagnostics.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 27, 2018
Business, Safety

Drug Testing Failure Rate for ‘Safety-Sensitive’ Workers Soars

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The percentage of U.S. workers in “safety-sensitive” jobs — a category that includes truck drivers — who flunked their federally-mandated drug tests increased at an “alarming” rate from 2015 to 2016, according to an analysis of drug testing data collected by the nation’s largest lab. Overall, the percentage of safety-sensitive workers who failed crept up year-over-year, the report said.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 19, 2017
Business, Safety

Industry Urges FMCSA to Close Loopholes In Drug, Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal

A proposed federal rule that would establish a national database of truck drivers who fail their drug and alcohol tests contains a number of “loopholes,” several motor carriers, trade associations and safety interest groups said in written comments on the proposal.

May 26, 2014

FMCSA Formally Issues Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has formally issued a proposal that would establish a national database of truck drivers who have failed or refused to take drug and alcohol tests.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
February 20, 2014

Feds Propose Database to Track Truck Drivers’ Positive Drug, Alcohol Tests

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Federal officials on Feb. 12 proposed the creation of a clearinghouse that would track when a commercial driver fails a drug or alcohol test and require carriers to check potential hires against the database.

February 12, 2014

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Proposal to Come Feb. 14, DOT Says

A proposal to create a national database of truck drivers’ positive drug-and-alcohol test results will be made public Feb. 14, the Department of Transportation said.

February 10, 2014

Legislation Would Allow Hair Testing Alone for Required Truck-Driver Drug Tests

A senator and a representative  from Arkansas have introduced bills that would allow trucking companies to use hair samples to conduct the required pre-employment drug tests on driver applicants.

October 31, 2013

ATA Urges DOT to Allow Hair Drug Testing

American Trucking Associations said it has urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to allow carriers to collect hair samples for drug testing.

May 14, 2013

Positive Drug Test Levels Drop Among Truckers, DOT Reports

The percentage of truck drivers testing positive on random drug tests during 2011 dropped to the lowest level since mandatory testing began almost two decades ago, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

January 28, 2013

DOT Rule to Expand Drug Testing for Transport Workers

The U.S. Department of Transportation Monday issued a new final rule on drug testing for transportation workers that will add tests for more drugs.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 17, 2010