Drug and Alcohol Testing
According to the 2017 NSDUH Annual National Report, an estimated 140.6 million Americans (aged 12 or older) were alcohol users. Additionally, 30.5 million used an illicit drug during the past 30 days. These numbers are concerning, not only because of the health risks these substances present, but also because of the financial burden to American citizens. As outlined in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, “Time for a Change,” substance abuse costs the United States approximately $442 billion each year. This is a combination of medical expenses, decreased productivity, and legal costs.
Substance abuse in and out of the workplace can have adverse effects on safety. This safety issue impacts productivity and the overall quality of your workforce. As a result, it’s important both for DOT compliance and for the safety of your workers that you have a comprehensive drug and alcohol screening procedure in place.
Pre-employment drug testing is the most common way to ensure a drug-free workplace. These tests detect the presence of illegal drugs. Many forms of testing also include prescription drugs such as opiates in their testing panel. Whether you opt for breath alcohol, urine testing, or hair testing, you can get a clear view of which potential employees meet DOT safety standards.
Drug abuse in the workplace can lead to violence, injuries, and lawsuits if not handled properly. HDS Safety Services can make sure that your employees are abiding by DOT compliance standards by providing you with drug testing solutions for your company. This can help you avoid hassles and save money.
Who Needs DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing?
Safety-sensitive employees include:
- Aviation Employees: such as commercial flight instructors, flight crews, flight attendants, and air traffic controllers
- Commercial Motor Carriers: including CDL license holders operating commercial vehicles
- Maritime: such as employees operating commercial sea vessels
- Transit: commercial vehicle operators, mechanics, and controllers
- Railroad: train dispatchers and those who work with the engine, train, and its services
- Pipeline: emergency response and maintenance workers
In most cases, tasks performed in these jobs qualify people as safety-sensitive employees, not the actual job title. HDS Safety Services is committed to providing accurate and safe testing to ensure DOT compliance and help improve employee’s safety and longevity in the transportation industry.
Why are Employees Tested?
Commercial employees are tested for the safety of those traveling, their co-workers, and of course for the employee. HDS wants to make sure that everyone on the roads, skies, and railways are taking the necessary steps to provide safe and secure transportation. The United States Congress wanted to ensure that our transportation industry was free of drugs and alcohol. In 1991 they passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act which requires DOT Agencies to test all commercial transportation employees for drugs and alcohol.
Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs
HDS Safety Services implements tests to ensure that every employee is ready for their career on the open road. If you employ safety-sensitive workers who are subject to Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, our services can help ensure DOT compliance.
We can administer the following tests:
- Pre-Employment Testing
- Random Testing
- Post-Accident Testing
- Reasonable Suspicion/Cause Testing
- Follow-Up Testing
- Return to Duty Testing
- Hair Testing
- Non-DOT Drug Testing
HDS Safety Services offers drug and alcohol testing for transportation carriers and also employers outside of the transportation industry. We have collection sites nationwide with all results electronically stored for easy access and record keeping. Drug and alcohol testing is vital to making sure all employees and others traveling remain safe. HDS Safety Services is an essential part of keeping the integrity of our transportation system running safely and smoothly. Our DOT drug and alcohol testing can be conducted before, during, or after the person’s employment.
Drug testing is an important tool that will allow you to check on the health and safety of your employees. We make the process easy and simple. Ensuring your drivers are safe behind the wheel helps guarantee success for your transportation business and your staff. Our knowledgeable professionals are experienced, so you can trust the work that we do.
We do not just specialize in the transportation industry. We offer drug and alcohol testing services for several different employers and transportation carriers. We can also implement a drug-free workplace at companies that do not fall under DOT testing regulations.