DOT Drug and
WHAT IS DOT DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING?
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Employees who perform pipeline operations, maintenance, or emergency response activities, as well as certain hazardous materials employees, are subject to random drug testing at a minimum annual percentage rate of 50%.
WHAT TYPE OF DOT DRUG AND ALCOHOL
TESTING DOES VERTICAL IDENTITY PROVIDE?
Urine drug testing: Urine drug testing is the most common type of drug testing used by trucking companies. The FMCSA requires all urine drug tests to screen for five specific drugs: marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP). SAMHSA approved testing laboratories provide urine drug testing services that comply with these requirements.
Breath alcohol testing
Random drug testing
The FMCSA requires all motor carriers to conduct random drug and alcohol tests on their drivers. The testing must be conducted at a rate of at least 50% for drugs and 10% for alcohol, based on the average number of driver positions. C/TPA’s like Vertical Identity can provide random testing services that comply with these requirements.
The FMCSA requires all motor carriers to conduct drug and alcohol tests on drivers involved in accidents that meet certain criteria. SAMHSA approved testing laboratories can provide post-accident testing services that comply with these requirements.
WHAT GUIDELINES DO
NEED TO ADHERE TO?
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN A DOT DRUG TEST?
THE TEST CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING SUBSTANCES:
- Marijuana (THC)
- PCP (Phencyclidine)
- and MDMA (Ecstasy)
- Heroin (6-acetylmorphine or 6AM) plus also hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone; these are known as expanded opiates.
ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS?
WHAT HAPPENS IF AN APPLICANT REFUSES TO
TAKE A DOT DRUG TEST OR TESTS POSITIVE?
When an applicant refuses to take a DOT drug test or tests positive, they will not be allowed to drive or work in a safety sensitive position until they pass a SAP Program. If an existing safety-sensitive employee returns positive results in a drug or alcohol test, or refuses to take a random drug test or post-accident test, they will be prohibited from returning to safety sensitive duties and performing safety-sensitive duties. In both circumstances, there is a follow up SAP Program that must be followed in order for the driver to return to a safety sensitive DOT regulated position.