July 2019
COST:  $85
2-Year Certification
July 16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
July 25
Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. 
Location: TSS Keokuk 
July 30
Time: 5 - 9 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
Need a training for your team? Schedule one today! 
Contact Ginny@tss-safety.com to schedule a group class. 
webinar training stock
All webinars are
10 a.m. AK Time
  1 p.m. CS Time

Marijuana & the Workplace, Is it Really a Big Deal?
July 9
Cost: $19.99
With legalization becoming popular and cannabis use becoming more prevalent, is it worth testing for this substance at work?  What should you do about your drug policy?  This seminar will cover updates in the laws and how to address these in your company drug policy, while protecting your workers and your business.

Dangers of Distracted Driving
July 25
Cost: $19.99
In 2016, 3,450 people were killed and an estimated 486,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. This is 100 percent preventable.
This webinar will cover:  Ways to reduce the potential for accidents,  teen and adult driving habits,  tools to reduce the risk of injury or death by distracted driving and developing c ompany driving policies. 

Opiate Use and Your Drug Policy 
August 13
Cost: $19.99
Most opiates are legal and prescribed. What happens when an employee misuses or abuses a prescribed substance? Our webinar covers workplace solutions for handling this sensitive issue.

Protection of worker vision is a responsibility shared by both you and your employees.The employer can provide all the necessary safety precautions, but the employee has to take safety seriously and use the protections provided. This webinar is designed to educate employees/employers on wearing the right type of equipment at the right time under the right conditions.
Visit our calendar for additional webinars and courses.

Questions? Contact:
or call:  877.225.1431
Ketchikan Community Health Fair
Saturday, November 2, 2019 

Whether you want to be a vendor or join us for your annual health screenings and low-cost blood testing, we are looking forward to seeing you there. For more information,  contact  ginny@tss-safety.com.


TSS is seeking applicants interested in drug and alcohol testing as well as paternity testing, background screening, and fingerprinting.

We want to fill part-time and full-time openings at our Ketchikan and Juneau locations. 
Learn more about TSS's job requirements at: 

Submit all information and questions to:

TSS is a drug-free workplace; this includes marijuana. 

 CPR updates from an expert

by Eric Bartholomew, TSS Safety Specialist

Whenever people learn that I am a certified CPR instructor, questions about CPR ensue, particularly concerning how the recommended procedure has changed over the years: "Do they still say to do the breaths or just compressions?"

"What is the current ratio of breaths to compressions?"

And so on, and so forth.

Without getting into a full-blown explanation of CPR procedure, let's take a look at a few things that have been modified in current-day CPR training versus a decade ago.
Never. Not even for a minute!

Last year, 52 children died in hot cars, the deadliest year in two decades of record-keeping.  According to the National Safety Council, since 1998, almost 800 children have died from vehicular heatstroke; 24 percent of those deaths occurred in employer parking lots while the parent or caregiver was at work. 

Don't think this couldn't happen to you. Stress, disruption of routines, lack of sleep can all contribute to a situation where a child is forgotten. 

Here, TSS shares some recommendations from the experts on how to make sure that your child is never left unattended in a vehicle. 
FMCSA Clearinghouse: 
Who will use the database? 

In our recent newsletters, we've been talking about the Federal Motor Carriers Clearinghouse that debuts this fall. The clearinghouse will be the controlling national database of drug and alcohol history for all commercial driver's license holders. 

Starting in October, registration will be open for employers, drivers, substance abuse professionals, medical review officers and consortia/third party administrators, as well as those assigned the role of "assistant" representing these organizations. 

Implementation begins in January 2020, with all users required to report violations. Until January 2023, users must continue to use the manual system that is currently employed in addition to the new database. This will ensure that three years of data can be collected, which is the number of years mandated by FMCSA in a drug and alcohol history search.

How does your consortium management company or third-party administrator figure into this?

Employers outsource much of their drug screening program to a third party administrator. TPAs will register for the clearinghouse in October. To ensure data security, a company that intends to utilize a TPA must select that TPA within the clearinghouse to allow it access to that company's information. TPAs cannot report violations until that selection and cross-match have been made. Owners/operators who employ themselves are REQUIRED to select a TPA.

Once selected, the TPA can provide many services for the employer. The TPA can enter drug and alcohol violation information. When a company is in the hiring process, every driver must give consent for a drug and alcohol history search to be completed. The TPA is allowed to request consent from the applicant and then do drug and alcohol history searches, both electronically and manually, as both need to be done for the next three years. As most employers are already connected to third party administrators for substance screening, resulting and reporting, the history searches can be efficiently managed by the TPA. We encourage you to contact your provider early to ensure a smooth transition when January arrives.

Another frequent visitor to the clearinghouse will be Medical Review Officers (MRO). MRO offices will register just like everyone else. These users will report information regarding violations into the database. MRO offices will not have query capability. An employer may review the training and certification requirements of their MRO within the database. Most TPAs work directly with one MRO.

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) will also need to register within the clearinghouse. Once a driver has a violation, he/she will need to select the SAP they are working with to ensure proper reporting on the Return to Duty process. The SAP will not have query capability within the database.

OCTOBER 2019 - Registration Begins
JANUARY 2020 - Implementation MANDATORY
JANUARY 2020 to JANUARY 2013 - Manual and Electronic Searches MUST both be done.


  • registers as user
  • gives consent for searches 
  • selects the SAP when needed.
  • registers as user
  • selects a TPA
  • requests driver consent
  • makes driver history queries
  • reports violations 
  • reports on Return to Duty and Follow Up testing.
  • registers as user
  • requests driver consent on employer's behalf
  • queries driver history on employer's behalf
  • reports drug and alcohol violations
  • reports on Return to Duty and Follow Up testing.
  • registers as a user
  • reports drug and alcohol violations.
  • registers as a user
  • reports on Return to Duty initial assessment and eligibility of Return to Duty test.
There is a lot to learn about the FMCSA Clearinghouse! The staff at TSS has been working diligently to prepare for the launching of the database to ensure our customers can count on us to get this work done efficiently. Many of you have told us that it is easier if you run the trucking company and we get this work done for you. Please know that we stand ready to make that happen. Don't hesitate to contact us with questions. 

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