What is the term Designated Employer Representative (DER) in a DOT drug and alcohol testing program?

Designated Employer Representative (DER) is a company employee who is responsible for the daily administration of the Company’s drug and alcohol testing program and who is responsible for removing an employee from the safety sensitive function in the event of a program violation. The DER receives all drug and alcohol test results and related information from service agents involved in the drug/alcohol testing process and ensures that the Company maintains compliance with DOT and DOT Agency regulations. The same term can be used in Non-DOT Drug Testing programs for the person in charge of the program.

A Consortium/Third Party Administrator (C/TPA) can fall into the shoes of the DER for an FMCSA regulated owner operator – one truck, one business, one driver who is also the owner.