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Consortium – Random Drug Testing

Enroll into a DOT Random Consortium Today:


Consortium and random drug testing programs are available for both:

  • DOT Employers 
  • DOT Owner-Operators

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. Unlike other medical facilities that simply offer drug testing, we are qualified to offer DOT-compliant testing with all the required components.

Random drug testing programs are required for employers regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). If you are an owner-operator, you are required to be enrolled in a consortium random drug testing program.

Smaller DOT-regulated employers may also elect to enroll in a consortium random drug testing program for easy compliance. Larger DOT-regulated employers typically request a stand-alone DOT random testing program.

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-duty 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)

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 in 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

Stand-Alone Random Program

DOT random drug testing on construction site
  • This is a random drug testing pool with employees from just one company
  • Typically companies with over 12 employees elect to have a stand-alone random testing program
  • For example, a company with 100 truck drivers will be required to annually test 25 drivers for drugs and 10 drivers for alcohol
  • Random testing programs are available for bus companies, private fleets, and for-hire carriers

DOT Required Random Testing – Are You in Compliance?

Owner-Operators
For owner-operators, two important steps must be taken to comply with the DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing:

  1. A pre-employment drug test with a negative result must be completed before operating a DOT covered commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
  2. You must enroll in a random testing consortium. Owner-operators are not permitted to manage random testing themselves

Why is Consortium Enrollment Important?

Save money and time, and avoid fines and out-of-service violations. Fines can be up to $10,000 per occurrence. An out-of-service notice will put you out of business.

For new owner-operators, within 12 months after beginning operations, you will have a DOT FMCSA safety audit, often called a new entrant examination. Audits and compliance reviews include verification of your DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program. A new entrant (new owner-operator) will automatically fail the safety audit for violations related to:

  • Owner-operator not enrolled in a consortium program for random drug and alcohol testing
  • No alcohol and/or drug testing program
  • No random alcohol and/or drug testing program
  • Using a driver who refused a required alcohol or drug test
  • Using a driver the company knows had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or greater
  • Using a driver who failed to complete required follow-up procedures after testing positive for drugs

For owner-operators, two important steps must be taken to comply with the DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing:

  1. A pre-employment drug test with a negative result must be completed before operating a DOT covered commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
  2. You must enroll in a random testing consortium. Owner-operators are not permitted to manage random testing themselves

Trucking Companies, Bus Companies, For-Hire Carriers, and Private Fleets
Both stand-alone random testing pools and consortium random testing pools are available for trucking companies, bus companies, for-hire carriers, and private fleets. Typically, companies with over 20 drivers will elect to have a stand-alone random drug testing program. Compliance is more complicated for companies with more than one driver. US Drug Test Centers can simplify the process and help your company with a program that keeps you in compliance and out of trouble with the DOT so that you avoid fines and penalties.


What is Required for DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance?

US Drug Test Centers can assist employers with all of the required components of a compliant DOT drug and alcohol testing program.

  • Designated Employer Representative (DER)
  • Written policy
  • Regulations on file
  • Pre-employment testing
  • Random, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, return-to-duty, and follow-up testing
  • Employee education
  • Supervisor training
  • Previous employer checks
  • Removal of employees from safety-sensitive positions when positive or refusal to test
  • Substance Abuse Professional

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:


Immediate Service Available for DOT Random Testing Programs

Same-day service is available to enroll in our DOT random consortium for owner-operators and small trucking companies. Certificates of compliance are issued same day when drivers are enrolled in our consortium pool or a stand-alone pool. Programs can be set up immediately.

Contact US Drug Test Centers to quickly set up a consortium pool or a stand-alone pool. Our random testing services are available in all areas of the United States.

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 through the requirements for your DOT required random drug testing program.

NON-DOT

If your company needs to be a part of a random testing program but does not qualify under the Department of Transportation, we offer NON-DOT random drug and alcohol testing programs.