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Drug testing laboratories must be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services to receive urine specimens and test them to determine the presence of drugs. They also conduct validity testing to determine if the specimen has been adulterated or substituted. MD Toxicology is certified by HHS under the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP).

As an employee of a transportation company where safety-sensitive functions are part of the job you will be required to pass a mandatory drug test.  Employers in the transportation industry are responsible for providing a safe work environment for co-workers and the traveling public.

Creating a safe work environment not only means following established work rules but also following the DOT's rules on drug use and alcohol misuse.

If you are an employer in the aviation, trucking, railroad, mass transit, pipeline or maritime industries, or if you have employees who perform DOT identified safety-sensitive positions, you must implement whichever regulation(s) apply. If you are an employee in the aviation, trucking, railroad, mass transit, pipeline or maritime industries, or if you work in a DOT identified safety-sensitive position, you must comply with the regulations governing your specific transportation entity.

DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

Urine Testing

Urine analysis is primarily used because of its low cost. Urine drug testing is one of the most common testing methods used. The enzyme-multiplied immune test is the most frequently used urinalysis. Complaints have been made about the relatively high rates of false positives using this test.

Urine drug tests screen the urine for the presence of a parent drug or its metabolites. The level of drug or its metabolites is not predictive of when the drug was taken or how much the patient used.

Rather, it is simply a confirmatory report indicating the presence of the parent drug or its metabolites.

5 Panel Urine Drug Test

A 5-panel test is the most common workplace drug test. It is used by local, state and federal companies and government agencies including the DOT. It tests for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates(Heroine) and phencyclidine (PCP).

Common pain medications such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone are also tested in the opiate category.

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Meth-Amphetamines
  • Opiates Heroin
  • PCP

Alcohol Testing

The Department of Transportation also requires employers to perform pre-employment, random, post-accident, or reasonable suspicion alcohol screening on any individual carrying out a “safety-sensitive” role.

  • Only certain personnel – Screening Test Technician (STTs & Breath Alcohol Technicians (BATs) may conduct DOT alcohol screening
  • Alcohol screening must be documented with forms specially-furnished by the DOT
  • Only certain devices are approved for use in DOT alcohol screening & confirmation testing
  • Required steps for a DOT alcohol screening and DOT alcohol confirmation test
  • Documented Procedures for handling results

DOT Reasonable Suspicion Drug and Alcohol Testing Information

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines guidelines for drug and alcohol screening when a DOT-regulated employee has specific, contemporaneous, articulate observations concerning a driver’s

  • Lack of coordination
  • Constricted Pupils
  • Blackout
  • Bloodshot or watery eyes
  • Sleepy condition
  • Aggressive or antagonistic behavior
  • Slurred Speech
  • Slowed reaction rate
  • Dulled mental processes

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