Keeping Our Children Safe: The Vital Need to Conduct and Enforce Background Checks for School Bus Drivers

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Commercial truck drivers who deliver vital commodities across the United States must pass thorough background checks and meet stringent safety regulations.

Yet a recent CBS News investigation revealed that many school bus drivers – the people charged with protecting the safety of children on the road to and from schools and summer camps – are not held to the same exacting standards. And the results of such leniency have occasionally proven catastrophic.

According to the article, there are approximately 22,000 bus crashes a year, leaving thousands of students injured. And on average, at least once a week a school bus driver is arrested for driving under the influence, child pornography, or even sexual assault.

Improving the Hiring Process: FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

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On December 5, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a rule to create a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial driver license holders (CDL).

The clearinghouse will act as a central repository for drivers’ positive test results, refusals to test and other such federal violations of the drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Once fully operational the clearinghouse will significantly improve safety and help expedite the hiring process for commercial drivers.

Top 10 Most-Frequently Asked Questions About Post-Accident Testing

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Post-Accident, or For Cause, testing refers to the performance of a drug and alcohol test on employees involved in accidents occurring during work time or on company property.

Companies that implement an effective post-accident drug screening program can boost workplace safety, save on insurance costs and reduce legal liability and other costs associated with workplace accidents.