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WHAT ARE THE DOT’S DIRECT OBSERVATION PROCEDURES?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all employees to be drug tested for pre-employment, post-accident and in some cases, at random. If an employee has tampered with a previous sample or the collection site has reasonable suspicion of foul play, the DOT can then require a Direct Observation Test. This will prevent any further tampering and […]

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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 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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