Most employers know that CDL drivers must pass a DOT pre-employment drug test prior to performing any safety-sensitive function, but this requirement is just one of the basic requirements needed to qualify an applicant for driving with a CDL license.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to update its resources pertaining to DOT guidelines for the drug testing Clearinghouse.
The CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will support the DOT Strategic Goal of Safety when it goes live on January 4, 2020, by ensuring drivers are qualified to operate trucks and buses.
Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium (WDTC) manages the random DOT testing programs for multiple employers and owner-operators in its role as one of northeast Wisconsin’s trusted drug testing consortiums.
The DOT drug testing cutoff levels include initial test cutoff concentration levels as well as confirmatory test cutoff concentration levels, which are generally lower.
Non-DOT reasonable suspicion training for supervisors also plays an important role in safety, and Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium (WDTC)offers a program to meet that need.
While it is a safe bet that drivers covered by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations will need a post-accident drug test, that is not the case in every situation.
Receiving a negative CDL drug test result before permitting a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle is only the first step employers must fulfill in meeting ongoing DOT drug testing requirements.
DOT drug testing requirements extend to a variety of events during the course of a driver’s employment.
As mandated by its drug and alcohol regulation, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will, effective January I, 2019, increase the minimum rate of random drug testing from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to FTA's drug and alcohol regulation.