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DOT Consortium Random Drug and Alcohol Programs

Employers that are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) are required to implement comprehensive drug and alcohol testing programs. 

If you employ safety-sensitive workers who must have Department of Transportation drug and alcohol tests, US Drug Test Centers can manage for you a thorough program that meets DOT requirements.

One way to do this is with a random consortium.

  • This is a random drug testing pool that includes multiple companies
  • All regulated employees from all companies are enrolled in the consortium and are eligible for selection for a random drug or alcohol test
  • Once the required random testing percentages are met, all companies in the consortium are in compliance
  • Perfect for owner-operators and companies with less than 20 employees
  • The consortium is almost always managed by a Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA). US Drug Test Centers is a leading C/TPA offering consortium services throughout the United States
  • We use a scientifically valid computer system for random drug testing management. Everyone in the random testing pool has an equal chance of being selected and tested in each selection period. Selections can be by employee name and identifying numbers, such as social security number or employee ID number

The other option for random testing is stand-alone testing.

Stand-Alone Random Drug Testing Pool

All of the company’s employees are in one random testing pool. If you have 80 employees, there are 80 employees in the pool. As an example, with a random testing pool performing selections quarterly at a 25% testing rate, there would be five employees selected for drug testing each quarter.

Typically, companies with 20 or more employees will opt for the stand-alone random drug testing pool, although DOT mandates no minimum or maximum number. The only exception is that for an owner-operator — one driver — the consortium random drug testing pool is required.

Establishing a DOT-Compliant Drug and Alcohol Testing Program for Your Business

US Drug Test Centers are professionals at establishing and administering DOT-compliant testing programs for any business in the transportation industry. If you are a DOT-regulated company required to have a DOT-compliant drug and alcohol program in place, we can provide your business with complete testing and program services.

We strictly adhere to DOT compliance standards in all of our testing, which means when you use US Drug Test Centers, you can rest assured that your program will pass a DOT audit anytime. Unlike other medical facilities that simply offer drug testing, we are qualified to offer DOT-compliant testing with all the required components.

We will also make sure your company, its employees, and your drug and alcohol program stay in compliance at all times, so you can focus on your business.

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49 CFR Part 40, or “Part 40” as we call it, is a DOT-wide regulation that states how to conduct testing and how to return employees to safety-sensitive duties after they violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation. Part 40 applies to all DOT-required testing, regardless of what DOT agency-specific rule applies to an employer. The DOT agencies that require drug and alcohol testing programs are:

  1. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  2. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  3. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  4. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  5. Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) also follows 49 CFR Part 40 regulation for drug and alcohol testing.

Compliance experts at US Drug Test Centers can help you navigate through the requirements from any of the above DOT agencies to ensure your drug and alcohol program is DOT-compliant. Call or order online for fast service and easy set-up for your DOT-compliant drug and alcohol drug testing programs.

Our services include:

      • Over 20,000 collection sites nationwide
      • Access to our state-of-the-art cloud-based software
      • Web-based online test ordering, random testing management, recordkeeping, and electronic reporting of drug test results
      • SAMHSA certified laboratory as required by regulations
      • Initial and confirmation testing (with GS/MS) at our laboratories
      • Review and reporting by a trained and certified Medical Review Officer (MRO)
      • Enrollment certificate
      • Employee education guide
      • A dedicated drug test specialist assigned to your company to answer any questions regarding testing or regulations
      • Ongoing consultation with a nationally recognized DOT-compliance expert
      • Assistance with a DOT safety audit or compliance review
      • Designated Employer Representative (DER) training
      • Required supervisor training for reasonable suspicion testing — learning the signs and symptoms of potential drug and alcohol use while at work
        Consortium Random Drug Testing

        DOT Audits and Compliance

        US Drug Test Centers can assist employers regulated by any of the DOT agencies with compliant drug and alcohol testing programs. It's important that you deal with an experienced and professional C/TPA for your drug testing needs. Ask your current vendor if they can help you in the event of an audit or program review. Do you have the following?

          • Alcohol and drug testing policies, and instructions for implementing your program
          • Employee and supervisor training records
          • Random testing records
          • Records of drug testing custody and control forms for all DOT tests
          • MRO records
          • Alcohol testing forms for all DOT tests
          • Employee return-to-durty records

        Noncompliance can result in fines of up to $10,000 per occurrence and the potential for an out-of-service order, putting your company out of business. Violations occur when the company:

        • Has no drug and alcohol testing policy
        • Does not have a stand-alone or random testing consortium program
        • Is using a driver who has not completed a drug test with a negative test result
        • Is using a driver who refused a required alcohol or drug test
        • Is using a driver who has previously tested positive and has not completed a return-to-duty process as required by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

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        DOT Compliance Package

        DOT drug and alcohol compliance packages from US Drug Test Centers can offer you the following:

        • Step by step instructions and all required documents — all in one compliance manual
        • As required — a policy statement on controlled substances use and alcohol misuse in the workplace — your customized DOT drug and alcohol testing policy
        • As required — educational materials to be distributed to all covered employees
        • As required — supervisor training materials and access to live, computer-based, or online webinar supervisor training
        • As required — employee assistance programs, rehabilitation, and treatment programs information
        • As required — access to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for DOT violations
        • As required — copies of DOT regulation 49 CFR Part 40 and FMCSA regulation 49 CFR Part 382
        • As required — a controlled substances and alcohol testing program for persons, used in duties requiring the driving of CMVs
        • Random testing instructions for required random testing
        • All required forms for compliance
        • Instructions for required record keeping

        What About the Other DOT Agencies?

        US Drug Test Centers can provide DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing programs for all of the various DOT agencies, which include:


        DOT Random Testing Required Rates

        DOT Agency

        Annual Rate Drugs

        Annual Rate Alcohol

        Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

        25%

        10%

        Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

        25%

        10%

        Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

        25% - Covered Service

        50% Maintenance of Way

        10%- Covered Service

        25% - Maintenance of way

        Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

        25%

        10%

        Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

        50%

        None

        United States Coast Guard (USCG)

        25%

        None

        Each DOT agency and the USCG has regulations that require certain employers to implement a random testing program. Compliance experts at US Drug Test Centers can help you navigate the requirements for your DOT required random drug testing program.

        Contact US Drug Test Centers For All Your DOT-Compliant Testing and Program Needs

        We are here to help you with any or all of your DOT-compliant drug and alcohol program and drug-free workplace program needs. Call US Drug Test Centers at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or e-mail email@address.com for a free, no-obligation consultation regarding your DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing program and to make sure your program will be able to pass a DOT audit or safety review.