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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
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,
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
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
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. 
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