The Department of Transportation requires anyone with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) that operates a vehicle 26,001 lbs or more, anyone who operates a vehicle capable of handling 16 or more passengers (including driver), or anyone transporting hazardous materials to enroll in a drug testing consortium and develop a drug testing program.
- If it's just you, and you are the owner and only driver, order this: https://onlinedotconsortium.com/oo-redirect/
- If you are the owner and have 1-5 drivers (even if you are one of the drivers), order this: https://onlinedotconsortium.com/1-5-redirect/
- If you have more than 5 drivers, this is your best value: https://onlinedotconsortium.com/5-or-more-redirect/
- If you want to test non-DOT employees, you can register here: https://www.inoutlabs.com/registration/
Unless you have different requirements (which we can accommodate), we make random selections in the first week or two of each quarter. You will receive an email notification at this time.
You will also receive monthly reminders, or "nudges," and we'll push you if you keep putting it off. Our goal is to keep you compliant.
The FMCSA requires that 25% of regulated employees be random tested for drugs, and 10% for alcohol per year. We make selections each quarter with the goal of reaching those minimums by year end. If you don't get your testing completed, not only do you affect the compliance of everyone else in the consortium, but you can face huge fines from the DOT should you be audited and cannot explain why someone was not tested.
In addition, the DOT requires testing for the following reasons:
- Post Accident
- Reasonable Suspicion
- Follow Up
The DOT has one, specific test panel. It is called DOT 5 Panel Test and is a urine test. It tests for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP and Opioids.
The DOT 5 Panel Test was updated 1/1/18 to include some of the commonly abused synthetic opiates. More detail here.
For businesses not regulated by DOT, there are many other options: more drugs; hair; oral fluid (saliva); instant tests and more. Ask us for details.
It happens. A regulated employee who fails or refuses a drug or alcohol test is subject to the mandated Return-to-Duty process. Watch this video to know more about return to duty process.
How your company deals with the employee is up to your written policy. https://www.inoutlabs.com/drug-alcohol-workplace-policy/ This blog post may help too. https://www.inoutlabs.com/zero-tolerance-failed-drug-test/