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Why some people are randomly tested more than once?

From the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. “Is the boss singling me out? I just did a random last month? Joe, never gets tested? I don’t think this thing is random at all!” Those are not uncommon concerns among some safety-sensitive employees, and many employers have been challenged in [...]

By |November 4th, 2022||Comments Off on Why some people are randomly tested more than once?

Maintaining and Evaluating Your Random Program

From the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. It is the best practice for an employer to document everything on the entire random testing process. This includes the numbers, names drawn, dates and times of notification, dates and times of collections, why a selected employee was not tested during a [...]

By |October 14th, 2022||Comments Off on Maintaining and Evaluating Your Random Program

What must employees do when notified of a random test?

From the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. When an employee is notified, he or she must proceed immediately to the collection site. Contrary to the urban legends circulating among some employees, immediately does not mean two hours. Immediately means that after notification, all the employee’s actions must lead to [...]

By |October 14th, 2022||Comments Off on What must employees do when notified of a random test?

How are employees notified to report for a random test?

From the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. Every employee should be discreetly notified according to your company’s policy, but random testing must also be conducted in strict confidence with a limited number of people having knowledge of the selection list. Why? Because it helps maintain the element of surprise. [...]

By |September 15th, 2022||Comments Off on How are employees notified to report for a random test?

What happens if a selected employee is not available for random drug testing?

From the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. Let's see what happens if an employee is not available for random drug testing. Best Practices For Random Drug Test If an employee selected for testing is known to be unavailable during the selection cycle (legitimate extended absence, long-term illness, etc.), document the [...]

By |July 27th, 2022||Comments Off on What happens if a selected employee is not available for random drug testing?

How Often Should Random Testing Selections and Tests Take Place?

Find out how often should random testing take place from the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. What makes random testing so effective is the element of surprise. While employees know they will be tested, they are never quite sure of when, so random selections and testing should be performed at [...]

By |July 14th, 2022||Comments Off on How Often Should Random Testing Selections and Tests Take Place?

How Are Employees Selected for Random Testing?

Interested in how are employees selected for random testing? Find out the details from the DOT Publication Best Practices for Random Drug and Alcohol Testing. Everyone in a random testing pool must have an equal chance of being selected and tested in each selection period. Be sure to use a scientifically valid method to select [...]

By |July 14th, 2022||Comments Off on How Are Employees Selected for Random Testing?

Are Occasional Drivers Required to Drug Test?

The short answer to the question "are occasional drivers required to drug test" is Yes. All drivers that operate a commercial motor vehicle, as defined in 49 CFR §382.107, which requires a driver holding a commercial driver’s license, are subject to the Drug and Alcohol testing requirements in 49 CFR Parts 40 and 382. (See [...]

By |July 12th, 2022||Comments Off on Are Occasional Drivers Required to Drug Test?

Will the MRO report my prescribed medication use/medical information to a third party?

Historically, the DOT’s regulation required the MRO to report your medication use/medical information to a third party (e.g. your employer, health care provider responsible for your medical qualifications, etc.), if the MRO determines in his/her reasonable medical judgement that you may be medically unqualified according to DOT Agency regulations, or if your continued performance is [...]

Why are drug screening and confirmation cutoff levels different?

Screening and confirmation testing are performed using different methodologies that require different cutoff levels. The cutoff levels of an immunoassay (screen) are typically higher than those of a more sensitive GC-MS or LC-MS/MS confirmation test. The reason is that they test for a larger group of parent compounds, metabolites and other structurally similar compounds. If [...]