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Latest News:

April 3, 2020 Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic

April 1, 2020 CDC issues guidance on decontamination of PPE

March 24, 2020 FMCSA Issues Waiver for CDL Drivers through June 30, 2020

see also: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/emergency/expanded-emergency-declaration-under-49-cfr-ss-39023-no-2020-002-relating-covid-19

March 23, 2020: FMCSA Guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Regulations
March 16, 2020: White House Coronavirus Task Force Guidance: 15 Days to Slow the Spread
March 14, 2020: Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially,  and How to “Flatten the Curve” (Washington Post)
March 14, 2020: U.S. Department of Labor Issues Temporary Enforcement Guidance for Respirator Fit-Testing in Healthcare during COVID-19 Outbreak

Resources on Occupational Health Measures:

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House Appropriations bill for COVID19 Emergency funding

Healthcare workers caring for suspected or confirm cases of COVID19

Keeping the Coronavirus from Infecting Health Care Workers – New Yorker

Florida:

Here’s some info on COVID 19 in the state of FLORIDA:
In the state of Florida the state and county health dept is hoping to manage the bulk of COVID19. They want anyone to call 1866 779-6121 or use website COVID19@flhealth.gov. doesn’t matter is resident of Florida or not as long as physically in the state. They will direct care– go to urgent care, ER. Depending on locality there may or may not have limitations on access to testing.
Have a great afternoon.
Anne E Moyer, PA-C

 

 

DOT Exam

ACOEM Letter to FMCSA

ACOEM is sending the letter to FMCSA. Should be posted on the ACOEM COVID-19 sometime today.

March 18, 2020

Mr. Jim Mullen
Acting Administrator
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Administrator Mullen:
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) recognizes that the Coronavirus epidemic is causing important disruptions to health care and most other sectors of the economy. Substantial efforts are being made by our members and many others around the country to minimize unnecessary inter-personal contact and to adhere to recommended social distancing practices. Such efforts and concerns have particular impact on interactions between health care providers and their patients, who generally share close proximity and physical contact.

Currently, large numbers of physicians regularly perform periodic medical certification of drivers of trucks and motor coaches according to schedules prescribed under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These required exams are rarely of an urgent nature. At the current time, performing these exams pose avoidable COVID infection risks to both the drivers and the physician who examine them. In addition, availability of examiners may be affected as they may more urgently be needed to address more significant health care needs and those over 60 are being instructed to shelter in place by some local governments.

In light of the current Federal Emergency Declaration, ACOEM urges that the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) grant relief to those drivers whose medical certificates expire over the next 30 days, with that relief to be reviewed and extended as necessary. The goals of our recommendation are to enhance efforts to reduce spread of the virus, to alleviate currently excess demands on the health care system, and to protect health care workers and their patients from avoidable infections. We believe that such short-term relief would not adversely impact current FMCSA efforts to ensure the safety of our roads and highways

Thank you for your leadership at this important time

Sincerely,
Stephen A Frangos MPH, FACOEMI
President

I was just wondering if it has been approved that the DOT physicals are given a 30 day grace period during this time of the corona virus. Also is doing physicals and drawing blood and drug testing non essential? Since our governor closed all non essential businesses I do not want to do anything mobile if that will cause me to get a fine or infect others. Thank you.

See above letter –  FMCSA has not yet responded to the ACOEM letter requesting this.  Drawing blood is not part of most DOT exams, but if additional testing is required by the medical examiner, that would still need to be done.

Any update from OSHA, DOT or FMCSA regarding Breath Alcohol Testing and is it safe for our techs to perform. If not, what are are alternatives?

We’re waiting to hear on breath alcohol specifically.  But all “non-essential” exams and testing may be postponed.  For breath alcohol, post accident and suspicion should be performed, techs should wear PPE.

I have a new employee that needs his DOT physical to drive out small delivery truck. Our Governor just said that no physicals can be given until 30 days due to the COVID19. Can he drive now and get the physical later?

FMCSA has not yet waived certification exams except for those that fall under their emergency declaration–

FMCSA Emergency Declaration

A small delivery truck may not need a DOT certification if intrastate and doesn’t otherwise fall under those requirements, the motor carrier would have to make that decision.

COVID 19 FAQs

Any update from OSHA, DOT or FMCSA regarding Breath Alcohol Testing and is it safe for our techs to perform. If not, what are are alternatives?

We’re waiting to hear on breath alcohol specifically.  But all “non-essential” exams and testing may be postponed.  For breath alcohol, post accident and suspicion should be performed, techs should wear PPE.