Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule, Supply Chain impacts

Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule, Supply Chain impacts


I’m Tom DiSalvi; I’m the vice president
of safety driver training and compliance for Schneider and I’m here to talk about
the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule. The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Rule
is a regulation that creates a federal database for drug and alcohol violators
who hold a CDL. The intent of the Clearinghouse Rule is to ultimately
enhance highway safety. The rule goes into effect January 6 of 2020. Schneider is committed to a drug-free workplace and unimpaired safe drivers. Schneider’s
core value is Safety First and Always so, of course, for Schneider when we evaluate rules of this nature safety is always first and foremost. The Clearinghouse will have an impact on
the supply chain and there are several points that I will go through explaining
that impact. First, the rule is projected to cost a hundred and fifty four million
dollars to the industry annually and remove potentially tens of thousands of
drivers from entry into the market. It’s important to mention the increased cost will be passed along to the shippers and consumers and will become a permanent
part of the markets supply chain and distribution costs. Specifically, carriers
still have to check with prior carriers for dates of service and accident
history– so the Clearinghouse is all additional work for the carrier and
additional costs. In addition, carriers also must check their entire existing
fleet once a year which is an additional cost and possibly if a positive result
is found removing those drivers from the industry until treatment is completed. As
a reminder, the screening use for substance abuse for the Clearinghouse is
all based on urinalysis. Now is the time to prepare for the new
rule. In addition, Schneider believes the Clearinghouse should take their process
one step further. Schneider along with the trucking
Alliance and the American Trucking Association or the ATA believes that the
clearinghouse should use hair drug tests for screening purposes. The benefits of
hair testing is that hair testing can detect drug use for a period of up to 90
days while urine testing detects drug usage over a much shorter period of time
between 48 and 72 hours and sadly urine testing is also much
more easily defeated. Schneider has invested over seven million dollars in
hair testing for drugs since 2008 and ultimately Schneider, the trucking Alliance, and the American Trucking Association or the ATA supports the the efforts of the
Clearinghouse and the Clearinghouse Rule, however, again, would like to have
the hair drug testing results included to ensure that our highways remain even
more safe.

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