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Attention Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Drivers and Carriers:

February 3, 2015

Did you know an important law affecting you goes into effect May 21, 2014? To keep America’s interstate CMV drivers healthy and our roads safer, all interstate CMV drivers will soon be required to have their medical examinations performed by a Certified Medical Examiner listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of…

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DEA Issues Final Order and Proposed Rule On Synthetic Cannabinoids

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final order February 29, 2012 to extend the temporary scheduling of the five synthetic cannabinoids into Schedule 1 drugs of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA): (“1-pentyl-3- (1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH018), 1-butyl- 3-(1-naphthoyl)indole (JWH073), 1-[2- (4-morpholinyl)ethyl]-3-(1- naphthoyl)indole (JWH200), 5-(1,1- dimethylheptyl)-2-(3- hydroxycyclohexyl)-phenol (CP 47,497), and 5-(1,1-dimethyloctyl)-2-(3- hydroxycyclohexyl)-phenol (cannabicyclohexanol, CP47,497 C8 homologue) including…

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Pipeline Safety: Post Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing

Issued February 15, 2012. Pipeline Safety: Post Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing AGENCY: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA);  DOT. DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES ACTION: Notice of Issuance of Advisory Bulletin. SUMMARY: PHMSA regulations in Part 199 require pipeline operators and operators of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities to conduct post-accident drug and alcohol tests…

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The 2010 Federal CCF must be used for all federally regulated specimens which will be delivered to a laboratory on or after December 1, 2011.

All federally certified laboratories must treat the use of the 2000 Federal CCF as a correctable discrepancy. If a federally regulated specimen is collected on the 2000 Federal CCF, the collector will have to complete a Certificate of Correction memorandum and attach to the CCF. This will allow the laboratory to proceed with testing without…

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FMCSA Expects to Release Medical Examiner Registry Final Rule Before Year’s End

This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said it expects to release the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) Final Rule later this year. The statement was included in a Federal Register posting announcing that FMCSA is seeking public review and comments on core curriculum guidance for medical examiners who conduct DOT…

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Texting Ban Goes Into effect involving drivers of commercial motor vehicle (CMV)

The Final Rule that prohibits texting while operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) went into effect (October 27, 2010). The penalties for breaking the new rule are tough. Under CSA2010, texting while driving carries a 10-point severity weight rating and counts against both the carrier and the driver. Drivers who violate the rule face fines…

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New DOT Rules Go Into Effect – October 1, 2010

On August 16, 2010, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule intended to create consistency with many, but not all, of the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services; and on September 27, 2010, DOT published an interim final rule about use of the new Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control…

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