DOT Testing and Services
Jonathan Baktari, MD / CEO of US Drug Test Centers
Does your business fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation? US Drug Test Centers is a professional at establishing and administering DOT-compliant testing programs for any business in the transportation industry. We’re a consortium and third-party administrator, and we can manage your entire drug testing process from start to finish.
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 driver drug and alcohol testing and program services. These include:
- Writing your drug-free workplace policy
- Collecting specimens and conducting driver drug and alcohol testing
- Having all results verified by a medical review officer (MRO)
- Training your Designated Employer Representative
Managing Your Driver Drug and Alcohol Test Program
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 at any time. If you have employees fulfilling safety-sensitive roles within your business, we will help you develop a drug-free workplace program so that you and your staff are prepared for even random urine and breath alcohol tests requested by DOT.
We handle workplace safety with the utmost care. Unlike other medical facilities that simply offer standard drug testing, we are qualified to offer DOT-compliant testing with all the required components. This is vital for businesses within the:
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Federal Transit Association (FTA)
- United States Coast Guard (USCG)
- Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)
Safety-sensitive employees are subject to drug or alcohol testing in the following situations:
- Reasonable suspicion
- At random
DOT Company and Owner-Operator Random Programs
US Drug Test Centers can assist companies and owner-operators in all areas of the United States, for immediate compliance with DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing. We offer enrollment for DOT companies and owner-operators in our drug and alcohol random consortium. We provide you with an enrollment certificate, drug testing information on the program, and access to our 20,000+ collection sites for testing in case you need a pre-employment, random, or post-accident drug or alcohol test.
Our random testing programs are available for truck drivers, bus companies, private fleets, for-hire carriers, and more.
Always Staying One Step Ahead
2018 has seen many changes in driver drug and alcohol testing. For instance, for the PHMSA, they committed to doubling the number of covered employees they drug test at random, from 25% to 50%.
There’s also the addition of a new drug panel to DOT’s drug testing, which now includes prescription opioids in addition to illegal ones — a response to our nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic, which has permeated the workplace with reckless abandon and is costing employers billions of dollars every year.
The changes in marijuana laws for both medicinal and recreational use are yet another reason to hire a third-party administrator like US Drug Test Centers to manage your driver drug and alcohol tests. The lines have been blurred, and complying with state and federal laws isn’t always clear-cut.
To DOT, safety is the top priority, and they insist that employees of DOT-compliant companies be 100% drug- and alcohol-free. We will make sure your company, its employees, and your driver drug and alcohol testing program stay in compliance at all times to ensure the safest environment possible — free of substance abuse — so you can focus on your business.
US Drug Test Centers helps companies and owner-operators stay compliant with not only the Department of Transportation but also each of the individual agencies.
FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing
FMCSA requires all drivers to have pre-employment drug testing and be enrolled in a random drug and alcohol testing program. When utilizing US Drug Test Centers for your drug and alcohol testing program, you can be confident you are in compliance. Our team will assist you with your new entrant exam or any future audit of the drug and alcohol testing program. Random testing and reasonable suspicion testing are important components of your program. It's critical to have a knowledgeable provider to assist so that you are in compliance. Employers can be held responsible for service agent errors, resulting in civil penalty actions for noncompliance, even if the issues are caused by your drug testing provider.
FAA Drug and Alcohol Testing
Starting an FAA drug and alcohol testing program is not an easy task. US Drug Test Centers can provide expert assistance to get you started and will implement the required components of the drug and alcohol testing program for you, the employer. It's not just airlines that must implement the FAA required drug and alcohol testing regulations. The Federal Aviation Administration's drug and alcohol testing regulations (14 CFR part 120) require any part 119 certificate holder that is authorized to operate under parts 121 and/or 135 to ensure that any person who performs safety-sensitive functions (e.g., maintenance or preventive maintenance), directly or by contract (including by subcontract at any tier), is subject to drug and alcohol testing.
FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing
US Drug Test Centers is a consortium and third party administrator (C/TPA) administering drug and alcohol testing programs for FTA-regulated employers. We can manage the entire drug testing process, including written policy and drug testing with the collection, laboratory, and medical review officer (MRO). It's important that the policy for a Federal Transit Administration agency be reviewed and approved by the local governing board of the employer or operator, or another responsible individual with appropriate delegation of authority. The FTA has very strict rules and guidelines regarding post-accident testing and requirements for training. US Drug Test Centers can help your company set everything up.
USCG Drug Testing
Employers regulated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) are required under Homeland Security regulations to maintain a drug and alcohol testing program. Formerly under DOT, the Coast Guard employers do still follow DOT regulations — 49 CFR Part 40 — under a memorandum of agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation. Those applying for a Captains license or other merchant mariner credential need initial drug test and periodic drug testing every two years. Only a DOT 5 panel (SAMHSA 5 panel, formerly NIDA 5) testing for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and amphetamines will be accepted.
FRA Drug and Alcohol Testing
US Drug Test Centers provides drug and alcohol testing, random programs, and training for Federal Railroad Administration companies. FRA-regulated employers must follow guidelines for drug and alcohol testing from DOT rule 49 CFR Part 40 and from FRA rule Part 219. The FRA has designated its safety-sensitive employees to be those who perform service covered under the hours of service laws (covered service). This includes “contracted” hours of service employees and also individuals who may volunteer to perform hours of service duties for a railroad.
PHMSA Drug Testing
US Drug Test Centers is able to help you manage your PHMSA DOT company by providing drug testing and compliance manual services. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) operates in a dynamic and challenging environment. The scope and complexity of their safety mission will continue to grow, requiring that they fundamentally rethink how they will use data, information, and technology to achieve their safety goals. Employers regulated by the PHMSA must follow DOT drug and alcohol testing rules 49 CFR Part 40 and must follow also the specific PHMSA agency rule 49 CFR Part 199. US Drug Test Centers makes available services for complete compliance with Part 40 and Part 199.