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.
Background checks can prevent an employer from having to go through surprises as well as from losing a “negligent hiring??? law suit. According to statistics, about 72% of “negligent hiring” suits are lost by employers, and courts tell them they should have had more information about the employee. It is the employer’s responsibility to have all the necessary information about the prospective employees or applicants.
Whether it is a prospective employees’ screening or a current employees’ drug testing, doing this can be a wise option for several reasons. To start with, pre-employment drug testing can discourage drug abusers from the beginning. Also, employees’ drug abuse can end up causing money losses to the business due to factors such as reduced productivity and damaged equipment, and therefore having a drug testing policy can prevent these kinds of problems.
A Medical Review Officer, or MRO, is a licensed physician who has the specific training and skills to monitor, review, and analyze drug tests. The services provided by a Medical Review Officer ensure accuracy and impartiality, since this professional will evaluate laboratory results, analyze them and confirm their accuracy with integrity and objectivity.