DOT Reasonable Suspicion Testing


DOT Consortium provides reasonable suspicion drug testing for DOT and NON-DOT regulated companies in the event that an employee is suspected of being impaired or under the influence of an illegal drug or due to alcohol consumption. It is important that when an employer conducts a reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test that the suspected employees behavior and appearance be observed carefully by a supervisor or manager who has received training in how to detect illegal drug use impairment and all physical, behavior and performance factors relating to a reasonable suspicion determination must be documented.

Employers must ensure that all steps relating to reasonable suspicion drug testing and alcohol testing be included in their drug free workplace policy and that all employees are fully aware of what steps will occur if a supervisor believes an employee is under the influence of an illegal drug or alcohol while at work or performing work related duties.

Refusal to take a reasonable suspicion drug test or alcohol test is grounds for termination or other disciplinary action. When requiring an employee to take a reasonable suspicion drug test, the employee should be transported to a testing center location by a supervisor to ensure that the safety of the employee and others is not compromised. Employees who are taking a reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test should not drive themselves to a testing center location.

Reasonable suspicion drug testing is an important tool when determining employee impairment on the job or when challenging a workers compensation claim or unemployment compensation case. Any employer who conducts reasonable suspicion testing should ensure that reasonable suspicion drug testing is part of the companies written drug free workplace policy and all employees are fully aware the reasonable suspicion drug testing will be conducted in accordance with the company’s drug testing policy.

Drug test screening groups commonly used are a 5 panel, 10 panel and 12 panel drug test,(panels specify how many drugs will be screened) however customized screening can be analyzed for drugs such as opiates, bath salts, synthetic cannabinoids and a wide range of prescription drugs.

In most cases a drug test result by the laboratory will be sent to a Medical Review Officer (MRO) for review and verification and in the event that the result is positive the MRO will attempt to contact and interview the donor to determine if there is any lawful or legitimate reason why the specimen has an illegal drug or prescription drug in the donors system.

Drug testing is a valuable tool for employers who wish to maintain a drug free workplace environment and State and Federal courts have consistently upheld the rights of the employer to be a drug free workplace and take disciplinary action when an employee has a positive drug test.

If you are an employer currently in need of a reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test at one of our drug testing locations or if you wish to implement a reasonable suspicion drug testing program, DOT Consortium is ready to help! Call us today!