The Importance of DOT Testing Services
Congress passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act in 1991. This law requires US Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies to test any DOT employees for drug and alcohol. DOT vocations include: pilots, truck drivers, subway operators, ship captains, pipeline controllers, airline mechanics, locomotive engineers, armed security personnel, bus drivers, Federal, State and local government workers, civic organizations and faith-based organizations (among others).
What DOT Employers Need to Know
Employers within these fields are responsible for implementing random DOT drug and alcohol testing policies as well as testing those under reasonable suspicion or return-to-duty employees that meet all requirements of probation.
It is important for DOT employers to be familiar with the testing process in order to comply with DOT drug testing requirements. DOT employers must test for five drugs and drug metabolites including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, opiates and phencyclidine (PCP). The testing procedures must follow a strict a strict process of urine sample collection, reporting and record keeping by laboratories qualified by the Health and Human Services under the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP).
Why is DOT testing so important?
DOT professionals have an enormous responsibility as any impairment could cause significant risk to the public. Accidents are going to happen, there are too many factors, including human error, to eliminate them entirely. The vehicles being driven in DOT agencies are often large and require a high level of skill to operate and drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol put the health of pedestrians and fellow motorists at enormous risk. Regardless of who was at fault, post accident drug testing is required in order to rule out alcohol and drugs as the cause.
When working with Fastest Labs, DOT employers can rest assured that the DOT drug testing process is fully compliant with Federal and State requirements and detailed records are maintained for FMCSA audits. We have streamlined efficiency in DOT mobile testing to bring testing to you and your employees.
To learn more about DOT drug testing, contact Fastestlabs today!