DOT Pre-Employment Screenings

DOT COMPLIANCE

Drug and alcohol abuse costs the American economy as much as $276 billion per year in lost productivity, health care expenses, and damage/injuries from motor vehicle collisions and workplace accidents. Pre-employment drug testing is not only required by the Department of Transportation, it’s also an effective way to keep your company safe by discouraging regular drug users from applying and catching drug-related problems before they become dangerous or financially ruinous.

DOES DOT REQUIRE

PRE-EMPLOYMENT

DRUG TESTING?

Though employers may elect to conduct a more comprehensive 10-panel drug test, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires only a 5-panel pre-employment drug test. The 5-panel drug test screens for the following:

  1. Marijuana Metabolites (THC)

  2. Cocaine Metabolites

  3. Amphetamines (Including Methamphetamine & MDMA)

  4. Opiates (Including Codeine, Heroin, & Morphine)

  5. Phencyclidine (PCP)

DOT REQUIRED

5 PANEL DRUG TESTS

WHO MUST TAKE A

PRE-EMPLOYMENT 

DRUG SCREENING?

Prospective transportation company employees (including self-employed owner operators) are required to undergo pre-employment drug testing if:

  • The driver is new to the transportation industry

  • More than 30 days has passed since the driver participated in a drug and alcohol testing program

  • The driver has been enrolled in a program less than 12 months and has not tested within the past six months

Yes, Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulation Part 382, Section 382.301(a) states: “Prior to the first time a driver performs safety-sensitive functions for an employer, the driver shall undergo testing for controlled substances […].” Hiring a driver who has failed to pass a pre-employment drug screening is a violation of DOT compliance rules and may result in fines, suspensions, or an indefinite termination of company activity.

THE COLLECTION PROCESS

DOT pre-employment drug tests are conducted using urine specimens only, and job applicants must report to OACH’s drug testing facility to ensure tests are accurate and DOT compliant. Once a sample has been collected and analyzed, our licensed Medical Review Officer (MRO) will review the results and interview the applicant if necessary. Pre-employment drug test applicants are required to:

  • Possess Legal Photo Identification at the Time of Testing

  • Bring All Necessary Paperwork to the Testing Facility, if Applicable

  • Empty All Pockets & Remove Jackets or Excess Clothing

  • Provide Testing Facility with Approximately 45 ml of urine

WE SIMPLIFY DOT

DRUG TESTING FOR YOU

OACH provides owner operators with the testing services they need to stay DOT compliant, including pre-employment testing, post accident testing, and random selection testing. Learn more about DOT drug testing for owner operators. Our DOT drug testing program not only ensures that you stay compliant with DOT rules and regulations, it also helps your drug and alcohol testing program run as smoothly as possible. 

MAKE SURE YOUR EMPLOYEES ARE SAFE AND READY TO HIT THE ROAD. CONTACT US FOR TESTING SOLUTIONS. 

OACH makes DOT-required pre-employment drug testing easy by providing applicants with all necessary forms, access to over 10,000 facilities nationwide, and professional Medical Review to ensure accuracy and confidentiality. For more information on our pre-employment services, fill out and submit the form below.

WE PROVIDE DRUG

CONSORTIUM SERVICES, TOO.

Whether you are an independent driver or you operate an international trucking business with hundreds or thousands of employees, DOT compliance is vital and mandatory for all drivers and companies. Our office helps individuals and organizations following the U.S. Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing rules and regulations by providing convenient, cost-effective services and 24 hour support to clients across the country. At OACH, our goal is to help clients easily maintain their DOT drug testing programs and remain complaint with all relevant transportation authorities.