May 2019
COST:  $85
2-Year Certification
May 9
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
Location: TSS Keokuk, IA 
May 14
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
May 18
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
Need a training for your team? Schedule one today! 
Contact to schedule a group class. 
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All webinars are
10 a.m. AK Time
  1 p.m. CS Time

Webinar: Signs & Symptoms for Supervisors
May 14
Cost: $129
Forty percent of workplace fatalities involve employee substance abuse. Do YOU know the signs & symptoms?
It is essential for employers to understand the prevalence, trends and costs related to substance use among employees and how to respond. This training meets the requirements for DOT mandated training on drugs and alcohol and is appropriate for all supervisors, DERs and employees who need training.

Webinar: Summer Heat Safety
May 23
Cost: $19.99
Are your employees working in the heat?  In this seminar we will cover the NIOSH Heat, the importance of hydration and cooling, how to spot symptoms of heat-related illnesses and discuss prevention plans and safety responses.

Webinar: Workplace Safety & Your Drug Testing Policy
June 11
Cost: $19.99
An estimated 40 percent of workplace fatalities are caused by employee substance abuse. Moreover, substance abusers experience significantly more accidents, injuries and absenteeism. In this webinar, learn how your company's drug and alcohol policy can improve safety and save lives.

Visit our calendar for additional webinars and courses.

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or call:  877.225.1431
Recent News
Times change. People change. And that happened at TSS in the past month. Jo McGuire, senior project manager, has taken on a new role as Executive Director for the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association. It's not really "goodbye," it's more of a "see you soon" feeling. As TSS is a founding member of that association and Jo the first chair, our relationship carries on, just in a different manner. We'll continue to work together on national projects that matter to our clients. It will just be a bit different. We wish Jo well in her next adventure with NDASA. And we'll see her soon in her new capacity.

Don't forget our referral program!

If you tell one of your friends about
TSS, you get a $50 credit for services! Let us know you referred them, and once they enroll for a drug screening program, we'll credit your account. 
By Renee Schofield, CEO

I recently attended the Federal Transit Administration conference in Milwaukee. It's a great conference with minimal frills, but a lot of focus on learning. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA)
presented on the new Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse that the agency is launching on Jan 6, 2020. Registration for the Clearinghouse will open in the fall of 2019. 

What does this mean for you? A LOT. There are many changes coming and you will want to know about them ahead of time, not when you are trying to hire in a hurry. We've got the skinny.
Currently, employees who fail or refuse a drug screen are required to report this to their next employer. Employers are supposed to perform the drug and alcohol history background checks on every driver they hire. The system is designed to stop a driver with a drug habit from jumping from one company to another, without going through the required Substance Abuse Professional process.

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is an electronic database that will keep those drug and alcohol program violation records in one place for employers to review prior to hiring. The secure database will be reported into by Medical Review Officers (MRO) and employers. Users will be required to register for the Clearinghouse for designated uses. Drivers will also be able to (and should) register to view their own information.

How will this increase safety on our roads? 
The database will provide REAL-TIME access to violation information, all across the nation. Employers will have drug and alcohol history in minutes, instead of hoping that a former employer will provide this information in a timely manner. It will become more difficult for drivers to conceal violations from employers. Moreover, the Clearinghouse will provide more insight into how employers are complying with drug and alcohol testing rules.

Currently, FMCSA is in the information phase of the project doing presentations, soft launching of the program and allowing users to register for progress updates. In October, FMCSA expects to open the registration process for the creation of user accounts. MANDATORY reporting will begin on January 6, 2020. You will, however, still need to use your manual system of asking former employers for driver history. WHY? Because federal regulation says you need to acquire about three years of history. The database won't have the full three years for ... you guessed it, three years. So, for a period of time, you will need to do both. Starting in 2023, the system will become fully electronic.

Who will use the Clearinghouse?
  • Drivers who hold CDL's or CDL learner permits.
  • Employers of CDL drivers who operate CMV's.
  • Consortia/TPA's. That's TSS, Inc for most of you.
  • Medical Review Officers
  • Substance Abuse Professionals
  • State Drivers Licensing Agencies

Those are all the folks who will have access to the Clearinghouse to check on a driver's drug and alcohol history. This a serious business and will be a learning curve for many. In the coming weeks, we'll take a deeper dive into various aspects of the Clearinghouse. Until then, you can head to the FMCSA Clearinghouse to subscribe for updates, read the FAQ's or download the fact sheet. Then, watch here next month as we review the DRIVER SECTION of the Clearinghouse.
Tick Tock! Tick time is here

With the warmer weather upon us, everyone is eager to get outdoors and enjoy nature. But as summer approaches, the risk for tick bites increases. These nasty bugs transmit some nasty bugs - like Lyme disease - that can seriously impact your long-term health and wellbeing. Make sure you protect yourself before you head outdoors and check yourself when you come back in. Here we share some valuable information on how to avoid tick bites and about what to do if you have been bitten. 
SAFETY CORNER: Spring Bike Safety Tips

As you head out on your bike this spring, make sure you don't become a statistic. Each year, there are more than 1,000 deaths from bicycle incidents and nearly 500,000 people visit the emergency room due to biking injuries. Here we share common-sense tips for staying safe and avoiding hazards as you enjoy the benefits of being outside, improving your health and being kind to the environment by choosing to bike. 
Come join the TSS team!

Do you want to:
  • Be part of a great work environment?
  • Contribute to the health and safety of your community?
  • Learn and grow within your field?
  • Get involved in the growth of your company?
Then, consider joining the TSS team. We are recruiting for both our Juneau and Ketchikan offices with the expectation of upcoming openings.  

If you are interested in learning about drug and alcohol testing as well as paternity testing, background screening, and fingerprinting, send us your resume and cover letter now. 

By having promising applicant resumes on file, TSS will be able to move quickly into the hiring phase when anticipated positions become available. 

Submit all information and questions to  David Martin, TSS Safety Coordinator.  

TSS is a drug-free workplace; this includes marijuana. 
We offer world-class education and screening services for workplace and community safety.
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