DOT Audit Checklist: Preparing for a DOT Program Review

DOT auditors are responsible for making sure employer are in compliance with the federal regulations for DOT drug and alcohol testing. We've compiled a DOT audit checklist that represent most of the records a DOT Agency and USCG auditor, inspector, or investigator will usually request and review during a program review. Keep in [...]

DOT Releases 2021 Random Testing Rates

2021 DOT Random Test Rates In accordance with Federal guidelines, if the reported positive drug test rate for the DOT modal agencies is below 1 percent for 2 consecutive years, the Administrator can reduce the random drug testing rate of covered employees. Since rates were changed in 2020, there are tentatively no rate changes for calendar year 2021 with [...]

Does “negative-dilute” mean he passed the drug test?

Some people try to cheat drug tests. Not most people. Then again, most people don't need to! But many who are worried about it work very hard to game the system. Nearly 10% of all full-time workers in the U.S. are illicit drug users. Yet only 3.8% of pre-employment urine drug tests are positive. Why? [...]

Can POST-ACCIDENT drug testing reduce workers comp claims?

A worker has an accident. Someone may or may not be hurt. Perhaps the incident could have been averted with a decent random testing program, but it’s too late to think about that. Note to self: “Add random testing program to next week’s company meeting agenda.” Now what? Will there be a claim? What's it going [...]

Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom?

[sonaar_audioplayer albums="91070"][/sonaar_audioplayer] Would you rather build a fence at the top of a cliff, or park an ambulance at the bottom? That’s why we wear seat belts. It’s why we cook our chicken thoroughly. It’s why we watch our blood pressure and cholesterol. And it’s why we create safe workplaces. We want to prevent tragic [...]

More Americans flunking stupidity tests

Flunking a pre-employment drug test shows you’re stupid—AND you use drugs. You applied for the job. You interviewed for it. You got it, pending a negative drug test. And you flunked it? Wow. Double fail. More and more companies are drug testing—even small companies. And more and more people are failing, some in a very public way. [...]

64% of companies do not drug test their current employees—and why that’s a mistake.

And 40% don’t do pre-employment drug screening (2010 SHRM survey). Bad idea. In fact, random testing of existing employees is a better deterrent than pre-employment testing. You can study for the pre-employment test. A couple of months ago we took  on a new client. It’s a small business with fewer than 20 employees, so everyone knows [...]