Alcohol Testing for DOT
DOT alcohol testing requires close adherence to processes and protocols just like DOT drug testing.
DOT-approved alcohol tests require screening test technicians (STTs) and breath alcohol technicians (BATs) to maintain various requirements and qualifications before they’re authorized to perform testing.
Unless these collectors are the only certified STTs and BATs available, they should not take the collection from the employee if they are supervisors.
Training is available for STTs (can only do alcohol screening tests) and BATs (can collect for alcohol screening and confirmation tests).
The staff at Test Smartly Labs is qualified to collect for the DOT alcohol tests. We’re here to help you stay in compliance.
DOT alcohol testing details
Each agency under the DOT differs in how and when alcohol testing is used.
Safety-sensitive functions generally restrict you from work if you have a 0.04 or higher alcohol concentration. You will be immediately removed if this situation.
Other agencies like FMCSA or FAA, warrant immediate removal from safety-sensitive positions with a concentration of 0.02 to 0.039. Removal lasts at least 24 hours following the test.
Acceptable time frames of alcohol influence usually ranges from 4 to 8 hours depending on the agency and job function.
Alcohol use is always prohibited when someone is about to go on duty, is actively on duty, or is involved in an accident.
Unless your transporting an alcoholic beverage, you must not be in possession of and/or consuming any alcohol.
If you plan to conduct a pre-employment alcohol test, you must test all employees and follow a standard procedure. Singling out individuals is not acceptable and goes against agency regulations.
Test Smartly Labs can help with your DOT alcohol test. To get started, call us today.