DOT drug and alcohol testing may look pretty standard. However, regulations require intricate procedures that make them much different.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has established standards, rules and regulations that must be followed for a test to be considered a DOT or “DOT-approved” test.
Employers and employees working in any agency that falls under the DOT jurisdiction will need to be play by the rules. If you neglect to do so, you could face fines, suspensions and other penalties for your violations.
Unique features of DOT testing
Here are a few things that make DOT tests unique:
- Collections (urine or breath) are specified as “DOT” and cannot be used for any other tests outside of those specifically requested by the DOT agency.
- The results of the DOT tests cannot be changed or disregarded based on a non-DOT test (even if the results differ).
- Certain DOT forms must be completed for these tests and follow a specific process.
- Collectors must meet the training requirements in order to collect for DOT tests.
- The tests must be mandated and requested by an agency, with specific information provided each step of the way.
The DOT that requires that we, as a collection site, ensure:
- Competency and quality in all employees, materials, equipment, facilities and supervision to do the collection AND temporary storage
- Compliant shipping to the lab
- “Suitable clean surface for writing.”
Test Smartly Labs meets all DOT specifications and can perform your drug and alcohol tests.