DOT Random Drug Testing Requirements

As the third quarter closes this month, many employers are adding workers to make sure they have enough drivers before the holiday season hits. DOT Consortium can help you meet federal DOT regulations including pre-employment drug testing, DOT physicals, consortium memberships and random drug testing for employees.

Companies that fall under DOT regulations or have employees that maintain “safety sensitive” positions, are usually more scrutinized than businesses that do not need to comply with CFR Part 40 regulations.

New employees must have a clean drug test before they begin work and all CDL drivers must be included in a random drug testing program.

DOT Random Drug Testing Regulations Include:

  • Maintenance of random pool of employees Annual random selection of employees, also known as a DOT Consortium
  • DOT regulated employees required to be a member of a drug testing consortium include CDL Operators, pilots, engineers, bus drivers, boat captains and other DOT covered positions.
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Policies
  • Supervisor Training

DOT Consortium offers a complete DOT compliance package which satisfies all requirements of 49 CFR Part 40.

Complete DOT Compliance Package includes:

  • DOT Consortium Membership
  • DOT Drug Test
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Supervisor Training
  • Certificate of Compliance
  • DOT Notifications

Fines and Penalties

The Department of Transportation (DOT) enforces the random drug and alcohol testing program requirements and failing to be enrolled in a DOT consortium or take a random DOT drug test when selected can result in significant fines and or removal/suspension from holding a safety sensitive position. Many CDL operators, trucking companies, airlines and other DOT regulated businesses have recently been fined for failing to properly maintain a random drug and alcohol testing program as required by DOT regulations.

Failing to complete a DOT drug or alcohol test when selected and notified by the DOT Consortium constitutes a “refusal to test” and is subject to penalties by the DOT.

DOT Random Testing Rates

DOT Agency Random Drug Testing Rate Random Alcohol Testing Rate
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 25% 10%
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 25% 10%
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)Federal Railroad Administration (MOW) 25%50% 10%25%
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 25% 10%
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) 25% n/a
United States Coast Guard (USCG) 25% n/a

DOT Consortium is your “ONE STOP SHOPPING” for Drug and Alcohol Testing Services required by all modes of The Department of Transportation ( DOT ) part 40. Our testing centers are located Nationwide and in most cases within minutes of your home or office. Providing DOT services for single operators and small, medium and large companies. Same day service is available at most testing centers.

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