US DOT expands drug testing panel. Maybe you should too.

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation disrupted the drug testing industry in a powerful and meaningful way. Effective January 1, 2018, the DOT drug test panel will include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone. Some common names for these semi-synthetic opioids include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, Exalgo®.  Generally prescribed for [...]

Are you ready for a DOT Audit?

If you have employees that operate Commercial Motor Vehicles* as defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation, you may be audited by the DOT. Significant violations can result in fines totaling tens of thousands of dollars. What are they looking for? Among other things, DOT auditors are looking to see whether you are in compliance [...]

DOT Rapid Urine Tests? Really?

Last week I went into stealth mode and called some local “competitors,” pretending to be looking for information about drug testing programs. It was more “enlightening” than I had imagined! I was told by two occupational health clinics that claim to do DOT and non-DOT drug and alcohol testing, that it is perfectly acceptable to [...]

Not A Headline YOU Want To Be In

Is your company compliant? Many companies,–mandated by DOT to have drug and alcohol testing programs–are not. Non-compliance can cost you. But safety is the goal. In May 2012, FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) officials charged 128 companies with violations of the DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing, removing 287 unsafe bus and [...]