For those in an industry related to transportation, these employees are and are not limited to, truck drivers, bus and train operators, pipeline workers, airplane pilots and flight attendants. DOT Compliant Drug Testing is required for employees that operate vehicles and/or machinery, in short, because they have the potential risk for harming those around them. DOT Drug Testing ensures the safety of the general public and also helps to remove the threat of a liability for a company.
How Do I Know if I Need a DOT Drug Test?
Any company that has vehicles that carry 16 or more passengers including the driver, operates a vehicle weighing more than 26,001 pounds, or transports hazardous materials will be required to conduct DOT drug testing on all employees. You company will be required to perform pre-employment drug tests, random drug tests, post-accident drug tests, as well as reasonable suspicion drug testing. If the employee does not comply with these terms, they will be terminated from the safety-sensitive position immediately and will be fined for violating the DOT drug and alcohol test requirements.
DOT Compliance Requirements
As per the DOT 49 CFR Part 40 Requirement for Safety-Sensitive Employees, the following are required for a company to be DOT Compliant:
- Prospective employees must undergo a pre-employment test
- An employee must have the correct Federal Custody & Control Form (CCF)
- A Substance Abuse Professional Process
- Random Pool Testing
- DOT Supervisor Reasonable Suspicion Training
- A Written Drug and Alcohol Policy
- Post-Accident Testing Situations
- Background Checks
- Employee Education
- Removal of Covered Employee
- Designated Employer Representative
Lastly, any company or operators that do not comply with the guidelines above can face daunting fines and penalties for failure to comply.
What Does a DOT Drug Test Entail?
As for the drugs tested, DOT only requires that the employee is screened for the following substances:
- Amphetamines including MDMA
- Marijuana (THC)
- Opiates, including Heroin, Codeine, and Morphine. Does not include prescription opiates such as hydrocodone and oxycodone.
- Phencyclidine (PCP)
Generally, this will be a urine drug test, however, the DOT testing rules specify that confirmatory testing is required for any non-negative screens for the drugs listed above plus methamphetamines, ecstasy, and molly.
Obtaining a DOT-Approved Drug and Alcohol Test
In order to obtain a DOT Compliant Drug Test, you have to contact a certified lab like Veritas Labs. If you do not get a drug test from a DOT approved lab, your test will not be accepted by the DOT. The DOT also requires that employees undergo random drug testing so as to be sure that employees do not deviate from the drug-free workplace environment and requires that the company that administers the test is a DOT-approved one. Veritas Labs specializes in DOT compliant drug testing as well as the development and authorizations of said tests. Our team of experts are specially trained in DOT compliance and can offer both mobile/onsite tests as well as a test in one of our many testing centers across the country.
If an employee is removed from the safety-sensitive position, they can be reinstated if, and only if they undergo an evaluation by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), complete a course, counseling or treatment prescribed by the SAP prior to returning. After the employee is approved by the appointed SAP and is reinstated to the safety-sensitive position, they will have to provide a breath and/or urine sample that tests negative for drugs and alcohol. Thereafter, the employee will be subject to at least 6 random pool drug test during the first year of their reinstatement. Then, the Return-to-Duty and Follow-Up drug tests will be conducted under the supervision and counsel of the appointed SAP.
Veritas Labs: DOT-Compliant Testing
We understand that certain transportation industries (railroad, aviation, maritime, trucking etc.) need to uphold a drug-free standard. Any drug related accident on a ship can cause a huge liability. This can often result into an expensive loss after the injury, damage that is affected during the ship and death.
Veritas labs believes that every successful company should use DOT-Compliant Testing. We strive to help anyone that wants to make the great investment to their business safety by becoming DOT-Compliant.
With DOT-Compliant Testing, Veritas Labs can ensure that the employees, drug and alcohol program and your company are in fully in compliance.
Veritas Lab is qualified in creating DOT Compliant testing that adheres all the key items.
This makes it easier for your company to focus on business!
HOW TO BECOME DOT-COMPLIANT
To become DOT-Compliant, your company must adhere a few contents.
Veritas Labs can provide for each of the key components listed below
- Record Keeping
- Designated Employer Representative (DER)
- Pre-Employment Tests
- Training Supervisors
- Random tests
- Post accidental testing
- Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
Veritas Labs can ensure that your company is DOT-Compliant and can provide these key components to an existing or a new program. We can help establish a new program for you so that your company can run effectively.
HOW DO WE MAINTAIN DOT COMPLIANCE?
Veritas Labs is a leader in creating a high rate of DOT-Compliance within a company. Our testing systems 49 CFR Part 40. What does that mean? All our testing procedures are made to create a strong DOT-Compliant company.
49 CFR Part 40 is a rule that simply means to conduct DOT-Compliant Testing on employees to create a safe environment. This law is applied to all forms of DOT-Compliance testing regardless of the industry.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) strictly regulates drug and alcohol testing for every business that falls under their watch. Their strict policy, rules, and regulations are incredibly and seemingly intentional difficult to understand, but the main point DOT regulated companies need to acknowledge is that there are hard punishments for companies that do not comply. If you are employed as, or you are a truck driver, pilot, or sailor, we encourage you to call us and speak with a specialist in DOT regulation at our office. Veritas Lab offers a full DOT compliance package, DOT drug testing including USCG packages with CG-719P and other MRO (medical officer reviewed) documents. We also offer 24/7 coverage in all 50 states for post-accident and reasonable suspicion causes. Click here to read more.
- DOT Urine Drug Test
- DOT FMCSA Drug Test for truck drivers
- DOT FAA Drug Test for aviation employees
- DOT FTA Drug Test for public transportation employees
- DOT USCG Drug Test for merchant marines & US Coast Guards
- DOT Supervisor Training
- DOT Drug Testing Policy
- DOT Breath Alcohol Test BAT
- FAA Drug Test for aviation employees
- DOT FRA Drug Test for railroad employees
- DOT PHMSA Drug Test pipeline & hazardous materials employees.
- DOT Random Pool Consortium
- Mobile onsite DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing
- DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance and Audit Support
WHAT MAJOR INDUSTRIES DOES VERITAS LABS SERVE?
Veritas Labs promises to provide a DOT-Compliant drug and alcohol testing to all DOT related industries.
These industries include but are not limited to:
- Ground security
- Air flight crewmembers, pilots and instructors
- Air traffic controllers
Public Transportation: All public transportation operators must pass a DOT-Compliant test.
- Operators of service vehicles (revenue/non-revenue)
- Security personnel
- Service vehicle mechanics
- ALL authorized personal on a vessel whether for commercial or personal services.
- Anyone who plans to operate on a pipeline
- Any CDL holder who runs a commercial motor vehicle must pass DOT-Compliant testing.
Veritas Labs promises to make a business become DOT-Compliant and offer skills and actions on order to keep it that way. Working with us is an investment that will save a lot of grief in your business in the long run!
Trust the DOT Drug Testing Experts at Veritas Labs
Veritas Labs offers the fastest and most accurate drug and alcohol DOT tests in the industry, so, if your company is in the process of being audited, you know who to call. Trust the safety of your employees and those surrounding them with the best drug testing lab in the country. Call one of our licensed, trained and experienced staff members at 888-398-0059