A DOT drug test is required for jobs regulated by the Department of Transportation. These roles are high-stakes, “safety sensitive” ones that affect co-workers, the general public, infrastructure, and the environment. Because the protocols and reporting are highly regulated, you may benefit by turning to a professional like Patient Plus.
A DOT drug test for safety-sensitive employees is one that is regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act. The specifics can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 40, published by the Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC).
If you have employees defined in DOT regulations as “safety-sensitive,” they must take the DOT drug and alcohol test.
Besides regulation by the DOT, these employees may fall under the jurisdiction of several other federal agencies. Examples of these include:
The DOT drug test is done through a urine sample that looks for the residue of:
Regulations require a DOT drug test in specific situations:
The regulations around DOT drug tests are extensive and specific.
For instance, if an employee returns to work after a drug or alcohol violation, you need to conduct a DOT drug test when that person returns to work, then follow up with at least six unannounced random tests in the first year after their return. The tests much be managed by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) who stays on the case up to
Following an accident that meets DOT criteria, the employees involved need to take an alcohol test within eight hours and a drug test within 32 hours.
Each agency, in addition to the DOT, has testing regulations and protocols you must follow. Patient Plus can keep you in compliance in this complex and fast-changing arena.
We can help you with a program that is effective for your workplace safety and complies with all DOT drug test regulations. Call us directly at 225-376-2601 or fill out the form below.* Required Field