As an Owner Operator, when you take on employees, your DOT FMCSA requirements change.
1) Written Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy
Owner Operators do not really need to have a written substance abuse policy. Employers do. FMCSA regulation Part 382 specifically requires that employers have a written policy that is distributed to each driver. 362.601 – Employer obligation to promulgate a policy on the misuse of alcohol and use of controlled substances. You may order an FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Policy here. Clients of InOut Labs get a discount, so be sure to ask.
2) Employee Education
FMCSA regulation Part 382 specifically requires that each employer shall provide educational materials that explain the requirements of this part and the employer’s policies and procedures with respect to meeting these requirements. And get a signed receipt. (382.601(a)).
3) Supervisor Training
Owner Operators do not really need to have a written substance abuse policy. Employers do. FMCSA regulation Part 382 specifically requires each employer shall ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and receive at least an additional 60 minutes of training on controlled substances use. (382.603 Training for supervisors) See here for an affordable web-based option.
4) FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
As an Owner Operator, we take care of most of your Clearinghouse requirements as part of your agreement with us. As an Employer, you have more requirements. We are happy to tell you how to do it yourself, or, optionally, you can hire is to do it. Read more.
5) Consortium Fees
Owner Operators pay us an all-inclusive fee that includes random selections, random drug and alcohol tests and Clearinghouse support. Employers pay a smaller annual fee and pay for tests as they occur. Clearinghouse support is offered as an option for a fee.
If you are an InOut Labs Owner Operator client, we are happy to walk you through this.