Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Implementation is January 6, 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, which is mandatory for all employers who have employees with a CDL, will take effect on January 6, 2020. Anyone who has a CDL has to be in a drug testing pool. Because of this Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation, those same drivers must be in the clearinghouse. The only exemptions to being in the clearinghouse are for farmers and CDL holders who do not drive commercial vehicles. The employer is not required to have a DOT number to be able to sign up for this program. The information will begin being collected in January, and it will not be retroactive. Please visit FMCSA’s webpage for more information and reach out to Sarah O’Brien, Risk Management Consultant, via email at sobrien@perma.org for instructions on how to sign up for an account.


PESH 900.1 must be posted by February 1
A primary responsibility of the PERMA risk management department is to assure member compliance with all federal and state safety regulations. One such New York State regulation requires that all public employers complete injury logs (PESH 900) and post annual accident and illness summaries (PESH 900.1). The PESH 900 form should be completed throughout the year as incidents occur, and it can be used to complete the PESH 900.1 summary form. Filed first reports of injury (C-2F forms) can also be used to populate information on the PESH 900.1. The form must be posted for employee review by February 1, and must remain up through April 30. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah O’Brien, Risk Management Consultant,via email at sobrien@perma.org.