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FMCSA Announces a Three-Month Pre-Employment Waiver to Reduce COVID-19 Impact on Motor Carriers
The FMCSA has issued a statement that will allow motor carriers to waive pre-employment tests for previously employed drivers up to 90 days in the past instead of the typical 30 days.
You can read more about the specific requirements here, or you are also free to give us a call to discuss the details and determine if your driver qualifies for the waiver.
COVID-19 Hours and Collection Procedure Update
Our office has re-opened to the public starting today, May 18, 2020.
Some changes you should be aware of if planning to visit our facility for testing:
Only one donor is permitted to enter the building at a time. Because of this, appointments are *strongly* encouraged. Wait times may be increased for walk-ins.
Please call our office when you arrive to let us know you are here. You will be called back on the same number when it is your turn to enter the building.
All donors must wear a mask, bandanna, or face covering.
Please be respectful of our collection site staff, and continue to maintain at least 6 feet distance whenever possible.
If you have questions or need assistance, please feel free to call us before arriving.
DOT's Response to COVID-19 and drug and alcohol regulation compliance
The DOT has released guidance on compliance with drug and alcohol testing regulations. You can read the guidance in its entirety here: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/compliance-with-dot-drug-and-alcohol-testing-regulations
Due to the current COVID-19 concerns, the clinic portion of Asure Test will be closed starting Monday, March 23, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. We we not be performing collections of any kind at our office during this time. We will be able to assist donors in locating alternate collection sites if needed.
Our office will still be open to accept phone calls and assist corporate clients however.
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2020 DOT Random Testing Rates
We have published our 2020 Random Testing Rates Notice for DOT regulated accounts.
You can download the notice here.
Please note that the rates are unofficial and have not been certified by any governmental agency. At the time of this publication, the FMCSA has not issued 2019 testing rates due to the government furlough. Once the rates are published, a suppliment to the poster will be published and made available on our website.
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FMCSA Clearinghouse Service Update
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued the following statement regarding the Clearinghouse:
Notice: If you are an employer currently experiencing technical difficulties accessing the Clearinghouse and are unable to conduct required pre-employment queries, you may hire a driver using solely the procedures set forth in 49 CFR 391.23(e). Once FMCSA has determined and announced that users are able to access the Clearinghouse, pre-employment queries must also be conducted as required by section 382.701(a).
The Clearinghouse has been experiencing issues for the last week or so preventing users from registering, reporting violations, and running queries.
Once the FMCSA has issued a new statement we will provide that update here as well.
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DEA proposes to control three precursor chemicals used to illicitly manufacture deadly fentanyl
WASHINGTON – In an effort to reduce the availability of deadly illegal fentanyl in America, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has proposed to control three substances used by operators of clandestine laboratories to illicitly manufacture the deadly Schedule II controlled substance.
Two Notices of Proposed Rulemaking were published in the Federal Register recently. On Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, DEA proposed that benzylfentanyl and 4-anilinopiperidine be controlled as list I chemicals under the Controlled Substances Act. Today, DEA proposes to designate norfentanyl as an immediate precursor (i.e., a substance from which another is formed) for fentanyl and to make it a Schedule II controlled substance under the CSA.
Both Notices are based on findings that these substances are important precursors used in the illegal production of fentanyl.
In recent years, the distribution of illegally produced fentanyl has been linked to an unprecedented outbreak of overdose deaths in the United States. Provisional data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 2018 suggest that overdose deaths from synthetic opioids like fentanyl and its related compounds will continue to increase by as much as eight percent from their record-setting 2017 levels when the country lost 28,400 persons from fentanyl and its related compounds.
These substances are much more potent than heroin, and in many parts of the United States, much cheaper on the street. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. Two milligrams of fentanyl (equivalent to a few grains of table salt) can cause breathing to stop in more than 95 percent of the American public.
DEA is working expeditiously to combat fentanyl trafficking in a variety of ways. Besides placing temporary (emergency) controls on many fentanyl-related substances and their chemical intermediates, beginning in January 2018, DEA created six new heroin-fentanyl enforcement teams to combat trafficking in heroin, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues in those regions of our country that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. DEA is also working with the United States Congress to develop legislation to make permanent Schedule I controls on fentanyl-related substances while also ensuring that research on these substances can continue here in the United States.
These Notices provide industry and others the opportunity to provide information on any legitimate uses of these substances. Stakeholders may submit public comments on the proposals within 30 days after publication. If finalized as proposed, benzylfentanyl and 4-anilinopiperidine will become subject to the chemical regulatory provisions of the CSA and its implementing regulations, and norfentanyl will become subject to all the regulatory controls and administrative, civil and criminal sanctions applicable to a Schedule II controlled substance. Both actions will help to prevent, curtail or limit the manufacture of fentanyl.