Building a Comprehensive Safety and Compliance Program
In the workplace, having a comprehensive safety and compliance program is not just required by federal law—it is also good for business. A strong program will help to keep your team safe, prevent delays for your customers caused by compliance issues, and reduce the risk that your company will run afoul of federal and state safety regulations. This is especially true if your business is subject to DOT guidelines. Here is a closer look at the pieces of a comprehensive safety and compliance program that will protect your business and meet DOT regulations.
Training and Qualifications
All of your employees should receive appropriate training for their roles based on your specific company needs and any DOT requirements for their positions. This includes training in maintenance, inspections, and hours and service rules. It is also important for your company to have a system for vetting the qualifications of applicants and managing those qualifications for all employees, to ensure that the qualifications are legitimate and up to date.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
A rigorous drug and alcohol testing program is essential for any business involved in transportation, and most other industries can benefit from this kind of testing program as well. Your drug and alcohol program should include pre-employment screenings, random testing for employees, and reasonable suspicion testing protocols.
Auditing is an important part of ensuring that you and your employees remain compliant with DOT regulations and your internal standards. This includes electronic logging device auditing as well as general auditing of your practices and the effectiveness of your safety and compliance initiatives.
HDS Safety Service can administer a safety and compliance program for your company, so you can focus on the logistics of running your business. Talk to one of our compliance experts in Tucson about your company’s needs by calling (520) 622-0419.