Tag: drug testing

Truck driving, FMCSA

A Guide to the FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Rules

Employers in the trucking industry are facing heightened requirements for ensuring their drivers’ drug and alcohol compliance: Employers must perform twice as many random drug and alcohol tests of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and must query the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse to check the records of current and […]

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FMCSA Raises Minimum Random Drug Testing Rate for Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced December 27, 2019, that it is doubling the minimum annual percentage rate of random drug testing for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The agency is raising the minimum random drug testing rate of commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders from the current 25% to 50% for calendar year […]

Marijuana legalization, law

Marijuana and Workplace Safety: The Evolving Landscape

Marijuana—or “cannabis” as the emerging industry likes to call it—is big business. It employs 5 times more Americans than the coal industry, according to one cannabis industry analyst. There are medical marijuana statutes in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Ten states and D.C. so far also have approved it for recreational use, and […]

Marijuana and opioids, drug use

How Can You Promote Safety in the ‘Stoned Age’?

Read the transcript of our recent EHS on Tap podcast wherein we talked with Nina M. French, Managing Partner for the Current Consulting Group, about the current trends in drug legalization, use, and abuse, and how EHS pros can effectively maintain a drug-free, safe, healthy, and productive workplace.

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Antiretaliation Provisions: OSHA Provides Some Clarification

In a memo issued October 11, 2018, OSHA’s acting director of Enforcement Programs has provided a regulatory clarification that appears to ensure employers that they have flexibility to test employees for drugs following reporting by the employees of a workplace injury or incident, as long as it contributes to root cause analysis. Drug testing under […]

marijuana in prescription bottle

Will Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law Affect Your Safety Program?

Ohio’s new medical marijuana law took effect on Saturday, September 8, and it should spur affected employers to evaluate their workplace policies. Read on for more information on the law, some best practices for businesses, and how the situation pertains to the issue of workplace safety.

Drug addiction

The Costly, Dangerous Effects of Substance Use on the Job

June is National Safety Month, an observance organized by the National Safety Council (NSC) with the goal of raising awareness of the leading causes of injury and death both on and off the job. For Week 2, the NSC is focusing on wellness, which includes fatigue, substance abuse, and other issues affecting worker health on […]

Your April EHS Webinars

Just a quick reminder about upcoming free webinars this April, a benefit of being an EHS Daily Advisor subscriber. Here is a round-up of this month’s events.

Opinion: OSHA Discourages Blanket Postaccident Drug Testing

By Al Vreeland OSHA’s new electronic recordkeeping rule, finalized in May, requires certain employers to submit injury and illness data to OSHA. But it also includes provisions intended to prevent employers from retaliating against employees who report injuries, among them a caution against postaccident drug testing. Here’s what guest columnist Al Vreeland thinks about the […]