Overview of DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

DOT Drug Testing

DOT, standing for Department of Transportation, through the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, established that transportation employees must go through drug and alcohol testing. These employees include railroads, trucking, mass transit, aviation, and any other transportation services.

Also, DOT drug testing and DOT alcohol testing must be conducted by professionals who comply with specific rules published by DOT. Secure Results.net complies with those specific regulations and offers DOT drug testing services conforming to DOT part 40.

DOT Alcohol Testing

There also are some alcohol regulations and tests required for drivers. For example, according to DOT alcohol testing and Federal Regulations, drivers can’t report for duty or remain on duty with 0.04 or more alcohol concentration. Also, they can’t drive until eight hours after using alcohol have passed.

The types of tests required by DOT alcohol testing regulations include: random tests, post accident tests, reasonable suspicion, return to duty tests, and follow up tests. These regulations also establish that the EBT (evidential breath testing device) approved by the NHTSA and operated by a specifically trained professional will be used for DOT alcohol testing.

If this test shows a concentration of alcohol equal or greater to 0.02, the test should be confirmed after between 15 and 30 minutes, and then the results should be confidentially reported to the employer by telephone, fax, e-mail, writing, or in person. If the employee refuses to provide breath, complete and sign the testing form, or to cooperate in any other way, the DOT alcohol test shall be considered positive.