Screensoft Blog

Jul 16

PHMSA Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations [SlideShare]

The DOT and PHMSA drug and alcohol testing regulations can be confusing. This is especially true if you're starting a new business or have landed in a new safety position. If you're looking for training resources, this presentation is for you.

Jul 12

Loading Dock Safety Tips For Truckers and Warehouse Workers [Infographic]

Accidents happen, but the last place you want them to happen is in your warehouse. Accidents and carelessness on the loading dock can lead to damaged goods and lost time, as well as serious injuries and costly lawsuits. The vast majority of accidents that occur on loading docks and warehouses could have been avoided if only those involved followed the proper safety procedures.

Workplace Drug & Alcohol Screening - How We Help

Workplace drug and alcohol screening (aka "drug and alcohol testing"). For most employers, this is a scary subject. The administrative burden, costs, and legalities can strike fear in any business. Luckily, Screensoft is here to solve these challenges.

5 Types Of Drug Testing Consortia For Your Business

Implementing a drug and alcohol testing program for your business is a significant undertaking. One common method of reducing these challenges is by joining a drug testing consortium. Most employers don't realize there are five common types of drug testing consortia. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. If you plan on joining a drug testing consortium, it's important to identify the right model for your business.

Feb 06

5 Tips To Optimize Driver Retention [SlideShare]

Retaining experienced drivers is something all carriers worry about. The rigors of trucking cause many qualified over-the-road drivers to burn out. But, there are some simple tips carriers can follow or pass along to encourage drivers to maintain a more balanced lifestyle while on the road.

DOT Changes Workplace Drug Testing Rules In 2018

On November 13th, 2017, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule in the Federal Register. These changes will affect all DOT-regulated employers. They'll also have an impact on State aka "Non-DOT" workplace drug testing programs. Employers with workplace drug testing programs should understand the impact that these changes will have. 

DOT Changes Drug Testing Panel - Adds Opioids

The Department of Transportation (DOT) changed its drug-testing program regulations. They've added four semi-synthetic opioids to the DOT drug testing panel. DOT regulated employers should understand how this affects their drug testing program. Employers should also take steps to stay in compliance. 

HHS Updates Federal Workplace Drug Testing Panel - Adds Opioids

In January 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revised the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs for urine drug testing. These go into effect October 1, 2017. Employers should understand how these may affect their Department of Transportation (DOT) workplace drug testing programs. Also, they should be proactive in implementing any changes. 

Jul 28

FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Regulations [SlideShare]

The DOT and FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program regulations can be confusing. This is especially true if you're starting a new trucking company or are in a new safety position. If you're looking for training resources, this presentation is for you.

Jun 11

FRA Covers Maintenance of Way Employees For Drug and Alcohol Testing

Since 1985 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hasn't had a major update to its drug and alcohol regulations. Recently, there have been changes that will go into effect as of June 12, 2017. The FRA has estimated that the changes will affect over 400 Maintenance of Way contractors and 695 small railroad companies. Railroad employers should know if their business is affected by these updates and, if they are, put in place the correct requirements. 

Jun 07

Eight Changes To FRA Post-Accident Testing In 2017

No one likes change but, you gotta do it when it involves your railroad safety procedures. In 2017, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is changing the post-accident drug and alcohol testing requirements. It's the railroad employers responsibility to put these in place. We summarized the changes to help you prepare. 

Make Your Drug Testing Policy Work For Your Business

At the core of any successful drug-testing program is a written policy. And despite what you may have heard there is no such thing as a "model," one-size-fits-all drug testing policy.

Mar 05

Six Reasons When To Drug Screen Pipeline Employees

There are specific reasons when to drug screen pipeline employees. Every employer subject to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) drug testing regulations should know these by heart. 

Feb 07

Top 10 Acute Motor Carrier Violations In 2016

We took a close look at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) data. We were able to reveal the top 10 acute motor carrier violations nationwide in 2016. This list will give you some insight to learn from the mistakes of other motor carriers. This will help you take corrective action before they're discovered during an audit. 

What Employers Could Learn From DOT MIS Forms

The most important report for the Department of Transportation's (DOT) drug and alcohol program is the DOT MIS data collection form. The DOT uses this form to inspect your drug and alcohol testing history. Whether you're required to submit this form or not, you can use it to learn about your DOT drug testing program. We'll show you what to look for and how to audit your DOT drug testing program anytime.  

CDL Driver Staffing Agencies: What You Need To Know About Drug Testing

On December 23rd, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a notice about commercial driver staffing agencies. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), a driver staffing agency may qualify as an employer.

Jan 04
Published in Company News

Screensoft Is Now Integrated With The DOT eCCF

We're proud to announce that the Screensoft web system is now integrated with the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) eCCF.

Five Reasons Your Business Should Invest In Drug Testing

There are obvious reasons for drug testing in the workplace such as improving safety. For other reasons, you may have to take a closer look. Case studies have shown that drug testing in the workplace can improve employee health and increase productivity. Investing in drug testing is an expense but, there is a large return for your human resources department. 

What Your Boss Wants To Know About Workplace Drug Testing

Most businesses put workplace drug testing in place because of a recent incident on the job. There may have been rumors of employees using drugs or suspicious behavior. There may have been paraphernalia found on company property. Regardless of the reason, you need to answer these questions before you start drug testing employees. This will reduce your company's exposure to risk and liability. Your boss will thank you for doing the research. 

Dec 07

Five Things About Drug Testing For Owner-operators Most People Won't Tell You

Commercial owner-operators have some loopholes when it comes to drug testing. They need to be disciplined and have self-control. If they're self-employed, how do they meet the Department of Transportation's drug testing requirements?  

Dec 07

Why The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Will Save You Hours

If you haven't heard, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) made a big announcement. They're establishing a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers. This will be known as the CDL Clearinghouse. So, what does this mean for employers regulated under the FMCSA? 

Dec 06

Seven Great Blogs About Trucking Safety

If you're a safety manager in the transportation industry it's a relief to have help from others. We scoured the web and put together the best blogs we could find for trucking and driver safety. Subscribe to any of these for the best tips for truck driver occupational safety and health. 

Dec 05

The Quickest Overview Of FMCSA Drug And Alcohol Testing Regulations

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) drug and alcohol testing regulations are around 127 pages long. For any transportation manager in the trucking industry, that’s a lot to process. Luckily, we put together the quickest overview ever. 

Dec 05

TDLR Contradicts Towing Drug Testing Policy

We had a chat on Twitter with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) about their random drug testing policy for owner-operators in the towing industry. It turns out, there’s a quite a bit of confusion on the topic. 

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