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DOT Regulated Employers - DOT Required Drug Testing – Are you in Compliance?

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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 (DOT) drug and alcohol tests, US Drug Testing Centers can manage for you an excellent program that meets DOT requirements.


Establishing a DOT-Compliant Drug & 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 be 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.

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 violate 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, or “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 insure your drug and alcohol is DOT compliant.  Call or CLICK for fast service for easy set up for your DOT compliant drug and alcohol drug testing programs. Our services include:

  • over 20,000 collection sites
  • access to our online system allowing you to find a location
  • electronic receipt of test results
  • all reports needed in case of an audit
  • enrollment into random consortium
  • enrollment certificate
  • employee education guide
  • a dedicated drug test specialist assigned to your company to answer any questions regarding testing or regulations

What can you expert when you hire US Drug Testing Centers for you DOT drug and alcohol testing program?

  • Ongoing consultation with nationally recognized DOT compliance expert
  • Assistance with a DOT safety audit or compliance review
  • Nationwide facilities for drug and alcohol testing
  • 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)
  • Web based online test ordering, random testing management, recordkeeping and electronic reporting of drug test results
  • Fast turnaround time
  • Compliant DOT drug and alcohol testing policy
  • Required supervisor training for reasonable suspicion testing – signs and symptoms of potential drug and alcohol use while at work
  • Designated Employer Representative (DER) training

Who Is Covered?

Who Is Covered for DOT FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Testing?

If you drive a truck and you are self-employed or an owner operator, you may be regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for drug and alcohol testing. If you have a CDL and answer YES to any of the following questions, then YES you need to be in compliance with DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.
  1. Do you drive a vehicle that has a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds (11,794 kilograms) or more? or
  2. Do you drive a vehicle that is capable of transporting 16 or more passengers including the driver? or
  3. Do you drive a vehicle of any size that is required to be placarded when being used to transport hazardous materials in accordance with 49 CFR part 172, subpart f?

Consortium Random Testing Program

Consortium Random Drug Testing
  • This is a random drug testing pool that includes multiple companies. 
  • All regulated employees from all companies are enrolled into the consortium and 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

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs

It is estimated there are over 500,000 trucking and bus companies in the United Stated requiring drug and alcohol testing. At US Drug Testing Centers our drug testing specialists talk daily on the phone setting up trucking and bus complies for DOT drug testing and compliance programs.

Our employer packages are for DOT regulated companies with 1 or more DOT covered employees needing to be enrolled into a random drug and alcohol testing program. The compliance package includes access to over 20,000 collection sites, access to our online system allowing you to find a location, receive test results and pull all reports needed in case of an audit, enrollment into random consortium + enrollment certificate, employee education guide, and a dedicated drug test specialist assigned to your company to answer any questions regarding testing or regulations.  

Our programs for FMCSA regulated companies include assistance in the event of a compliance review or DOT safety audit.  Drug and alcohol compliance is a major part of these audits.  Noncompliance can result in fines of up to $10,000 per occurrence and potential and out of service order putting your company out of business with substantial loss of experts.  Violations occur when the company:

  • Has no drug & alcohol testing policy
  • Does not have a stand-alone or random testing consortium program
  • Is using drivers who have 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 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)


DOT Random Testing Programs

US Drug Testing Centers offers random drug testing program as required by the DOT with a scientifically valid computer system for random drug testing manage.  Everyone in the random testing pool must have an equal chance of being selected and tested in each selection period. Selections can be by employee name and identifying number such as social security number or employee ID number.  There are two options:

Stand Alone Random Drug Testing Pool: All of the company’s employees are in one random testing pool.  So if you have 80 employees, there are 80 employees in the pool.  As an example with a random testing pool performing selections quarterly at 25% testing rate there would be 5 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 not minimum or maximum number.  The only exception is that for an owner operator – 1 driver, the consortium random drug testing pool is required.

Consortium Random Drug Testing Pool: This is required for owner operators and recommended for companies with less than 20 employees.  A drug screening consortium is a group of employers that join together, as a single entity, for the purpose of Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing of its members. The member companies add their employees to a combined random testing pool. The consortium is almost always managed Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA).  US Drug Testing Centers is a leading C/TPA offering consortium services throughout the United States.

An example of a consortium:  100 companies involved with a combined 800 employee.  Random testing is performed quarterly at a rate of 25% for drug testing.  In this case a total of 50 employees would be selected each quarter.  Note that all 100 companies and all 800 employees remain in compliance even when some of the companies have no selection.  The required 25% random selection rate has been completed outing the entire random consortium in compliance.

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 is important that you deal with an experience and professional Consortium/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA) for your drug testing needs.  Ask your current vender if they can help you in the event of 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 DUTY RECORDS

DOT Compliance Package

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

  • Step by step instructions and all required documents – all in one great compliance manual.
  • As required - A policy statement on controlled substances use and alcohol misuse in the workplace – your customized DOT Drug & 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 on line webinar supervisor training
  • As required – employee assistance programs, rehabilitation, and treatment programs information.
  • As required – access to 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 CMV’s.
  • Random testing instructions 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:

  • Federal Aviation Admin (FAA)
  • Federal Railroad Admin (FRA)
  • Federal Transit Admin (FTA)
  • Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Admin (FMCSA)

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%

10%

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

25%

10%

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

25%

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 through 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.