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Who determines whether an accident qualifies for a DOT post accident drug or alcohol test?

The supervisor at the scene of the accident/event should know the testing criteria and make a good faith effort decision to test or not test based on the information available at the time. The supervisor may consult with others, but the supervisor is the person who has to make the decision. If the testing cannot […]

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When will DOT approve electronic custody and control (eCCF) forms?

It is approved but not available yet, watch for further updates. The final rule was issued Monday, April 13, 2015. Notice:  Electronic Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form 49 CFR Part 40 – Final Rule (FR) Effective April 13, 2015 The Final Rule allows employers, collectors, laboratories, and Medical Review Officer to use the […]

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What is the DOT panel for drug testing?

Effective 01/01/2018 there is a new DOT 5 panel drug test.   As specified in DOT regulations 49 CFR part 40 with the Cut Off levels listed in DOT regulations 49 CFR part 40; the following substances will be tested for: Marijuana metabolites Cocaine metabolites Phencyclidine Opioids – codeine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone & hydromorphone […]

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What is the DOT five panel test?

As specified in DOT regulations 49 CFR part 40, Section 40.87; the following substances will be tested for: (subject to change if the regulation changes. Since January 1st, 2018 DOT has required confirmation testing for 14 drugs under a 5‑panel test.  Broken out, here is what DOT drug testing looks like: Marijuana (THC) Cocaine Amphetamines […]

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What is Consortium DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing?

An employer who employs only himself/herself as a driver shall implement a random alcohol and controlled substances testing program of two or more covered employees in the random testing selection pool.  This is typically managed by a third-party administrator (TPA).  Companies with more than 1 covered employees can also join the Consortium DOT Drug & […]

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What is a shy bladder in DOT drug testing?

Shy Bladder in DOT Drug Testing …. SHY BLADDER – INABILITY TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE URINE SPECIMEN FOR A DRUG TEST US DOT has provided specific procedures for dealing with applicants or employees who present for a DOT urine test, but are unable to provide an adequate urine specimen.  The procedures are included in 49 […]

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What is a refusal to take a DOT drug test, and what are the consequences?

§ 40.191   What is a refusal to take a DOT drug test, and what are the consequences? (a) As an employee, you have refused to take a drug test if you: (1) Fail to appear for any test (except a pre-employment test) within a reasonable time, as determined by the employer, consistent with applicable DOT agency regulations, […]

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What is a refusal to take a DOT alcohol test, and what are the consequences?

§ 40.261   What is a refusal to take an alcohol test, and what are the consequences? (a) As an employee, you are considered to have refused to take an alcohol test if you: (1) Fail to appear for any test (except a pre-employment test) within a reasonable time, as determined by the employer, consistent with applicable DOT […]

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What is a DOT 40.25 Background Check?

Previous Employer Records Request (§40.25) All US DOT-regulated employers must make a good faith effort to obtain drug and alcohol testing records from other DOT-regulated employers, for all applicants seeking safety-sensitive positions. As the employer, you must: Obtain the applicant’s written consent for release of information. Submit the applicant’s written consent along with a request […]

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What is a DER or Designated Employer Representative?

The DER is a term used in DOT drug and alcohol testing programs and recently also becoming popular for non-DOT drug and alcohol testing programs.  The DER or primary contact person is the employer representative for the drug and alcohol testing program. It doesn’t matter the title of the person but what is important is […]

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