Complying with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements

Drug and alcohol testing is a critical element of the Department of Transportation’s mission to keep all drivers safe, not just those men and women who drive large and potentially dangerous commercial vehicles. Any individual or company who falls under the DOT’s testing requirements will need to implement a drug and alcohol testing program to satisfy the safety standards set by the federal government. This brief article will look at why compliance is important, the elements of a DOT-compliant testing program, and how to easily make sure your organization meets mandatory DOT testing requirements.

Why DOT Compliance Matters

Compliance with the Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing requirements is important for two primary reasons. First, failure to comply can result in heavy fines or the inability to operate your business until back in good standing with the DOT. This can cost you a lot of money, and might even cost you your business. The second reason compliance matters is because a drug- and alcohol-free staff means fewer accidents and less danger to your workforce and everyone else.

Elements of a DOT-Compliant Testing Program

The DOT and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) require that you develop a written policy on the use and misuse of controlled substances and alcohol in the workplace. Each safety-sensitive employee is required to be given a copy of the drug policy, and employers are requires to maintain a signed statement by each employee certifying receipt of the policy. The DOT and FMCSA also require employers to provide training to all persons who supervise safety-sensitive employees subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Where to Turn for DOT-Compliance Testing

DOT testing regulations are always changing, so it’s important that you use a testing service that stays up-to-date with the latest DOT rules and regulations so you can avoid non-compliance fines and other penalties. HDS Safety & Compliance offers drug and alcohol testing services for motor carriers and employers outside of the transportation industry. To learn more about testing services and DOT compliance consulting, call us in Tucson at (520) 622-0419 or toll-free at (800) 800-7801.