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Accredited Drug Testing Voted “Top 10 Recommended Drug Testing Provider”

Accredited Drug Testing has been voted one of the Top 10 recommended drug testing providers in the nation for pre-employment screening.
 
Accredited Drug Testing, one of the Nation’s leading providers of drug, alcohol, and DNA testing has been voted a “Top 10 Recommended Pre-Employment Screening Provider in the United States” by ES Professional Services Magazine.

Accredited Drug Testing was recognized for its exceptional customer service, expertise in the drug and alcohol testing industry and its significant growth in 2019. With drug testing centers in most cities throughout the United States including Orlando, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City, Las Vegas, Charlotte, Nashville and Miami, Accredited Drug Testing provides testing services for employers including small, medium and large companies who need a pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion or post-accident drug test and for individuals or families needing a drug test for court-ordered purposes or personal reasons.

Company President, James A. Greer, stated, “We are honored to have been selected as one of the top 10 drug testing providers in the Nation and this recognition is shared by all of our employees from the scheduling department to the drug testing collectors and all team members who serve our customers.”

Greer, who has been in the drug testing business since the early 90’s, is recognized as an expert in the drug and alcohol testing industry and is a graduate of the Prestigious Cornell University’s Executive Leadership Program. Greer also currently serves as the Chairman of the National Alcohol and Drug Screening Association (NDASA).

Accredited Drug Testing also specializes in providing US Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing for employees designated as safety-sensitive such as truck drivers, airline pilots, train engineers and mariners regulated by the US Coast Guard. The company’s commitment to exceptional customer service includes the availability to schedule a drug or alcohol test by phone or online 24/7 and the fact that all employees are thoroughly trained in DOT and NON-DOT testing requirements and the overall company philosophy that serving their clients in a friendly and professional manner is the number one priority.

To read more about Accredited Drug Testing being selected as one of the Top 10 Pre-employment Screening Companies click here to read the whole story!

 

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DOT Drug Test

The question is often asked, “what happens if I refuse a DOT drug test?” 

Let’s be clear on what it means to refuse a DOT drug test before diving into what happens afterward. According to DOT Rule 49 CFR Part 40 Section 40.191, an employee has refused to take a drug test if you:

  1. Fail to appear for any test (except a pre-employment test) within a reasonable time, as determined by the employer, consistent with applicable DOT agency regulations, after being directed to do so by the employer. This includes the failure of an employee (including an owner-operator) to appear for a test when called by a C/TPA (see §40.61(a));
  2. Fail to remain at the testing site until the testing process is complete; Provided, That an employee who leaves the testing site before the testing process commences (see §40.63(c)) for a pre-employment test is not deemed to have refused to test;
  3. Fail to provide a urine specimen for any drug test required by this part or DOT agency regulations; Provided, That an employee who does not provide a urine specimen because he or she has left the testing site before the testing process commences (see §40.63(c)) for a pre-employment test is not deemed to have refused to test;
  4. In the case of a directly observed or monitored collection in a drug test, fail to permit the observation or monitoring of your provision of a specimen (see §§40.67(l) and 40.69(g));
  5. Fail to provide a sufficient amount of urine when directed, and it has been determined, through a required medical evaluation, that there was no adequate medical explanation for the failure (see §40.193(d)(2));
  6. Fail or decline to take an additional drug test the employer or collector has directed you to take (see, for instance, §40.197(b));

7.  Fail to undergo a medical examination or evaluation, as directed by the MRO as part of the verification process, or as directed by the DER under §40.193(d). In the case of a pre-employment drug test, the employee is deemed to have refused to test on this basis only if the pre-employment test is conducted following a contingent offer of employment. If there was no contingent offer of employment, the MRO will cancel the test; or

8.  Fail to cooperate with any part of the testing process (e.g., refuse to empty pockets when directed by the collector, behave in a confrontational way that disrupts the collection process, fail to wash hands after being directed to do so by the collector).

9.  For an observed collection, fail to follow the observer’s instructions to raise your clothing above the waist, lower clothing and underpants, and to turn around to permit the observer to determine if you have any type of prosthetic or other device that could be used to interfere with the collection process.

10.  Possess or wear a prosthetic or other device that could be used to interfere with the collection process.

11.  Admit to the collector or MRO that you adulterated or substituted the specimen.

Once the MRO reviews and verifies that a DOT employee has refused a DOT drug test, the employer or TPA will immediately remove the employee from performing the safety-sensitive function until successful completion of the return-to-duty process with a qualified substance abuse professional.

This means that if you are a truck driver, you will no longer be driving your truck until you meet with a substance abuse professional, they evaluate you, prescribe you a course of treatment and you complete this return-to-duty process at your own cost.

*You will be drug tested at least 6 times in the next 12 months, and up to 60 months.

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Drug Testing Panels

What Drug Test Panel Should I Choose?

Many employers and individuals do not know which drug test is right for them. Listed below, you will find information regarding the most popular drug test panels available.

5 Panel

A 5 panel drug test is still the most common available.  Currently, the 5 panel urine drug test is the only panel currently used for testing by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

What Is Tested In a 5 Panel?

A 5 panel screens for the following substances:

  1. Marijuana
  2. Cocaine
  3. Phencyclidine
  4. Amphetamines – Methamphetamine, MDMA & MDA
  5. Opiods- codeine, heroin, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone & hydromorphone

10 Panel

As we continue to explore options for drug testing, it is important to note that a 10 and 12 panel drug test will always include the drugs tested in a 5 panel. These tests are more common when looking for something specific not included in a standard 5 panel.

What Is Tested In a 10 Panel?

The drugs tested in a10 panel urine drug test include:

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • MDA
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Opiates
  • PCP
  • Propoxyphene

What Is Tested In a 12 Panel?

The 12 Panel is on of the most comprehensive options available that screens for:

  • Amphetamines
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • MDA
  • Methadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Tramadol
  • Demerol
  • Opiates
    • Codeine
    • Morphine
    • 6 AM Heroine
    • Hydrocodone
    • Hydromorphone
    • Vicodin
    • Lortab
    • Lorcet
    • Dilaudid
    • Oxymorphone
    • Oxycodone
  • PCP
  • Propoxyphene

What other drug test panels are available?

Employers and sometimes individuals continuously look for ways to expand their drug test panel.  Employers will often customize their drug drug testing program to keep their workplace productive, healthy employees and to promote a safe working environment.  If you are in need of a customized drug testing option, call us today at (800)221-4291 and speak with our customer service team.

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Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

As expected, as teens enter high school, and sometimes even middle school, they are likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Maybe they saw their parents drinking and wanted to try it, or maybe a friend offered them some marijuana and they gave in to peer pressure. Either way, the reality of the matter is that more and more teens are becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol.

The Effects of Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse on the Brain

According to Dr. Kevin Wandler, Chief Medical Officer, Advanced Recovery Systems, “Teens have chemically naïve brains that have not been exposed to drugs or alcohol. The neurochemical effects that they get are more intense than folks older than 25.” With that being said, it is the harsh reality that as the children grow older, the brain will begin to develop unevenly due to the drastic effect of drugs and alcohol. This may cause a negative effect on the child’s memory, ability to respond to stimuli, and develop an addiction much easier than that of a child who has never used drugs.

 

Fast Facts About Teen Drug and Alcohol Abuse

  • In 2017, about one in four high school seniors used an illicit drug, such as heroin or marijuana, in the past 30 days.
  • In 2015, more than 770 teens aged 15 to 19 died of drug overdose
  • According to results from the 2017 Monitoring the Future survey, 45 percent of teens have tried marijuana once in their life by 12th grade.
  • The report found that 33.2 percent of 12th-graders, 19.7 percent of 10th-graders and 8 percent of eighth-graders reported drinking alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • One in 10 teens in high school drinks and drives.
  • More than 1.4 million adolescents ages 12 to 17 needed treatment for an illicit drug problem in 2016.

How To Get Your Teen Drug and Alcohol Tested

Accredited Drug Testing offers urine, blood, hair and oral saliva drug and alcohol testing for minors, with parental consent. If you suspect your teen may be using drugs or alcohol, please give our office a call at 800-221-4291, so we can schedule the right test for you!

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It is very important to watch the contents that you put into your body, but even more important once you become pregnant. Studies have shown that once a woman uses drugs during pregnancy, she becomes a higher risk for a miscarriage, premature labor, fetal death and even maternal death. Some common drugs and their harmful effects are listed below:  

Marijuana

  • What happens when a pregnant woman smokes marijuana? Marijuana crosses the placenta to your baby. Marijuana, like cigarette smoke, contains toxins that keep your baby from getting the proper supply of oxygen that he or she needs to grow.
  • How can marijuana affect the baby? Studies of marijuana in pregnancy are inconclusive because many women who smoke marijuana also use tobacco and alcohol. Smoking marijuana increases the levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide in the blood, which reduces the oxygen supply to the baby. Smoking marijuana during pregnancy can increase the chance of miscarriage, low birth weight, premature births, developmental delays, and behavioral and learning problems.

Cocaine

  • What happens when a pregnant woman consumes cocaine? Cocaine crosses the placenta and enters your baby’s circulation. The elimination of cocaine is slower in a fetus than in an adult. This means that cocaine remains in the baby’s body much longer than it does in your body.

 

  • How can cocaine affect my baby? According to the Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS), during the early months of pregnancy cocaine exposure may increase the risk of miscarriage. Later in pregnancy, cocaine use can cause placental abruption, which can lead to severe bleeding, preterm birth, and fetal death. OTIS also states that the risk of birth defects appears to be greater when the mother has used cocaine frequently during pregnancy. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecology (ACOG), women who use cocaine during their pregnancy have a 25 % increased chance of premature labor. Babies born to mothers who use cocaine throughout their pregnancy may also have a smaller head and be growth restricted. Babies who are exposed to cocaine later in pregnancy may be born dependent and suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, sleeplessness, muscle spasms, and feeding difficulties. Some experts believe that learning difficulties may result as the child gets older. Defects of the genitals, kidneys, and brain are also possible.

 Heroin

  • What happens when a pregnant woman uses heroin? Heroin is a very addictive drug that crosses the placenta to the baby. Because this drug is so addictive, the unborn baby can become dependent on the drug.
  • How can heroin affect my baby? Using heroin during pregnancy increases the chance of premature birth, low birth weight, breathing difficulties, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), bleeding within the brain (intracranial hemorrhage), and infant death. Babies can also be born addicted to heroin and can suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms include irritability, convulsions, diarrhea, fever, sleep abnormalities, and joint stiffness. Mothers who inject narcotics are more susceptible to HIV, which can be passed to their unborn children.

Methamphetamine

  • What happens when a pregnant woman takes methamphetamine? Methamphetamine is chemically related to amphetamine, which causes the heart rate of the mother and baby to increase.
  • How can methamphetamine affect my baby: Taking methamphetamine during pregnancy can result in problems similar to those seen with the use of cocaine in pregnancy. The use of speed can cause the baby to get less oxygen, which can lead to low birth weight. Methamphetamine can also increase the likelihood of premature labor, miscarriage, and placental abruption. Babies can be born addicted to methamphetamine and suffer withdrawal symptoms that include tremors, sleeplessness, muscle spasms, and feeding difficulties. Some experts believe that learning difficulties may result as the child gets older.

If you, or someone you know, would like to know more about how drug usage can affect a pregnant woman or their unborn child, please give Accredited Drug Testing a call at 800-221-4291

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Marijuana, weed, reefer, grass, bud – and known by many more names – is now in fact legal in several countries and almost more than half of the states. In fact, a growing number of states and cities have even legalized its recreational use.

Though still banned on a federal level, and drenched in the remnant wave of reefer stigmatization from the 60s, many still doubt its efficiency. Instead of focusing on more research on the substance, most rather focus on its psychoactive effects, when in reality a huge amount of evidence proves the case to be otherwise.

Consider this: For a fact, around 85% of Americans actually support legalizing marijuana and is estimated that at least a few million Americans use it presently.

Medical Marijuana

Although marijuana has upwards of 100 active components, it’s intoxicating properties are attributed to the active chemical THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). However, strains which have more of CBD (cannabidiol) concentrates in them, have reportedly many medical benefits. Since these CBD-centric strains have little to no THC in them, people using such report almost no changes in their consciousness.

There have been cases where people with severely lethal health ailments reported relief after consuming marijuana. Said cases include instances where patients were suffering with epilepsy, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, Tourette’s, Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, PTSD, many mental disorders and even plain things as IBS.

A great addition to this is that many people in lieu of NSAIDS, can use marijuana. In fact, according to a study, marijuana can essentially substitute for many narcotics, opioids, benzodiazepines, anxiolytics and other big pharma medications.

This is especially useful for people who suffer from kidney problems and are prone to stomach ulcers even.

Medical usage includes but is not limited to:

  • Pain Relief – though not for things like post-surgery sedation or in extreme cases like a broken bone.
  • Reduces anxiety, stress and depression.
  • The least addictive substance known to mankind with out any risk of overdose.
  • Can help alleviate cancer and HIV symptoms.
  • Reduces acne. Improve neural pathways, and has even been used to treat drug addiction.

Recreational Marijuana Use

Now the recreational use of marijuana, usually entails the consumption of strains which are primarily more THC concentrated. Coming from the hemp plant, the psychoactive ingredients in marijuana are in its leaves and flowering buds. Mostly people prefer smoking the substance while edible products have also gained a significant notoriety over the years. The prime difference between the two essentially is the fact that most medical applications of marijuana involve strains which have high levels of CBD, whereas, recreational users go for strains that give them the high, ergo higher levels of THC.

Its worth noting that the marijuana industry also earns the US economy big bucks. Its estimated that this revenue stream is expected to exceed $24 billion by 2025. The legal marijuana industry ended up generating $7.2 billions in profit in 2016 alone.

Of course, with legalization would come regulations, which can immensely curb down on teen marijuana use. According to a report from RAND in 2018, marijuana use among 8th grade students in the Washington state decreased significantly after legalization in 2012. There is also the added incentive that comes with legalization, which is that of consumer safety. By regulating the substance, we make sure that people are not consuming goods laced with other harmful additives or have gone bad.

This way we can screen product samples for toxins and other harmful substances. Not to the forget the fact that legalization can largely eradicate black markets and drug cartels that get their funding from that what is these days called ‘sliding dope’.

Since a lot of arrests often include marijuana-related crimes, legalizing it can also curb down the overall crime rate.

In Summary

The different between medical and recreational other than those stated above is mainly one, medical marijuana is just weed prescribed by a doctor. What really does define the difference is an individual’s usage. As the saying goes, if you are consuming marijuana, there is a definite likelihood of the fact that you are self-catering some underlying problem or health complication.

For more information please contact us at (800) 221-4291

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Hawaii Becomes the 26th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Tuesday July 9, 2019 the State of Hawaii, under the new legislation HI measure 1383 became law without the signature of Hawaii Governor David Ige.  This new bill will take effect on January 11, 2020 which removes any jail time associated with marijuana possession of 3 grams or less and now individuals will face a fine of $130.

Additional penalties outlined in this bill include Possession of more than 3 grams, but less than 1 ounce of marijuana is a petty misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000.

Possession of 1 ounce or more but less than 1 pound is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1-year imprisonment and/or a $2,000 fine.  Possession of 1 pound or more, of marijuana is a Class C felony punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

Governor David Ige declined to sign the legislation but also didn’t veto it by Tuesday’s deadline.

States with Marijuana Decriminalization

The following states have passed laws either fully or partially decriminalizing certain marijuana possession offenses. Usually, decriminalization means no arrest, prison time, or criminal record for the first-time possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal consumption.

In most decriminalized states, these offenses are treated like a minor traffic violation.

Additionally, over 50 localities in about a dozen states have enacted municipal laws or resolutions either fully or partially decriminalizing minor cannabis possession offenses.

* Voters in each of these jurisdictions have subsequently approved legislation legalizing the adult use and personal cultivation of cannabis.

** These states have partially decriminalized certain marijuana possession offenses. Although the law still classifies marijuana possession offenses as criminal, the offenses do not carry any threat of jail time.

*** North Dakota’s law takes effect on August 1, 2019.

**** Hawaii’s law takes effect on January 11, 2020.

How does marijuana legalization effect employers?

Employers regulated by Federal law (DOT, HHS, Federal Drug Free Workplace Act) are still required to test for the Standard Federal 5 panel drug test which currently screens for the following drugs.

  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Opioids
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

Under ‘Opioids’, previously ‘Opiates’, DOT testing will continue to include confirmatory testing, when appropriate, for Codeine, Morphine, and 6-AM (heroin). 

HHS also added initial and confirmatory testing for the semi-synthetic opioids Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone to this Opioids group.  Some brand names for the semi-synthetic opioids include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, Exalgo®.

 Non-Regulated Employers

In most states employers still reserve the right to be a drug free workplace regardless of specific State or local municipalities laws regarding recreational and/or medical marijuana.  We recommend that each employer review their drug free workplace policy and any specific State, local or case law that may impact testing for a marijuana prior to implementing a drug free workplace policy/program.

What Employers Can Do?

  • Create a culture of safety for your employees, customers and community
  • Research any State, local or case law that may impact your drug free workplace policy to ensure compliance
  • Update your workplace drug & alcohol policy, making sure it is clear on violations and consequences.
  • Your policy should include all forms of drug & alcohol testing that you intend to use.
  • Employees company-wide must be made aware of the workplace drug & alcohol policies and procedures. This is an on-going conversation that should occur on a regular basis.
  • Enforce your policies consistently and fairly.

For more information regarding establishing a drug free workplace policy call us today!

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Can You Fail a Drug Test For Alcohol?

The plain and simple answer is yes.  If a particular drug testing panel contains alcohol as a marker, it is possible you may fail a drug test for alcohol.  Oftentimes employers and individual’s think of drugs and alcohol as one in the same.  In fact, both substances have the ability to cause impairment of a person’s mental, physical abilities, cause long-term health issues, and can foster unsafe situations.

Due to the abuse of alcohol and its long-term impact on public safety, society, addiction and health problems, it is common for employers to establish a drug-free workplace testing program that includes both drug and alcohol testing.

Concerns regarding substance abuse and addiction concerns is sweeping the nation and various companies may choose to implement alcohol testing as a deterrent and promote safe and healthy working environments. For this reason, one common question many employers and employees have regarding workplace alcohol and drug tests is, “Does alcohol show up in a drug test?” Let’s find out .

Does Alcohol Show Up In a Drug Test?

As we take a deeper look at if alcohol will show up in a drug test, we find several options.  It is important to note that a standard drug test does not test for alcohol.  However, alcohol can be included in a drug test if specifically requested. Thus, if you’re interested in testing employees or individuals for both drugs and alcohol, simply consult with your drug testing provider to determine what type of program best meets your needs.

How Can An Employer Test For Alcohol In The Workplace?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommends testing at the very minimum of the 5 most commonly abused drugs: (amphetamines, THC, cocaine, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP) as well as alcohol. As stated previously, a standard drug test does not evaluate the presence of alcohol in a person’s system, but many companies elect to include alcohol in their written drug-free workplace policy.  The most common form of alcohol testing is a breath alcohol test; however, urine, saliva or hair testing options are available as well. In addition, with the current climate of the opioid epidemic, many companies are requesting their drug test include additional drugs beyond the standard five mentioned above (e.g., adding synthetic opioids and ecstasy).

Which Alcohol Test Is Right For Me?

Let’s dig a little deeper and determine if alcohol will show up in a drug test?  If you plan to test for alcohol, it is important to understand the different testing methods available and the amount of time that alcohol is detectable in the human body.

In hair, alcohol is present for up to 90 days. In blood or oral fluid, it is present for 12-24 hours. Finally, in urine alcohol can be present for 6-80 hours (depending on the method used for testing).

The two most common ways an employer can test for the presence of alcohol are through breath and saliva tests:

Breath: This method is the most common method for alcohol testing in the workplace.  Breathalyzer is the brand name of the original device and is the one of testing methods that provides a real time result and will measure impairment.  The Department of Transportation (DOT) has established strict requirements for the devices used to perform breath alcohol tests.  All devices used for DOT alcohol testing must be on the Conforming Products List of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  We recommend that employers or individuals only utilize devices that meet these high standards.

Saliva: This detection method detects the presence of ethanol, a by-product of beer, wine, and spirits. Although slightly more expensive than urine tests, saliva tests are easy to perform and can also detect alcohol ingested within the past day or two.

Finally, blood, hair and urine tests are most often used in forensic, legal and civil testing but infrequently in the workplace.

For more information call us today, 800-221-4291

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On December 5, 2016, the FMCSA amended its rule that would establish requirements for commercial driver’s license drug and alcohol clearing house.  The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will allow employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies and State Law Enforcement to access real time access to important information about a CDL Driver drug and alcohol program violations, which will ultimately enhance safety on our Nation’s public roadways.

When must the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse be used?

There are 2 keys dates with regards to the clearing house.  On January 6, 2020, authorized users will be required to complete the actions described in the Clearinghouse final rule. At this time, employers will be required to conduct both electronic queries and traditional manual inquiries with previous employers to meet the three-year time frame, required by FMCSA’s drug and alcohol use testing program.  This 3-year time frame is for checking CDL driver violation histories. It is important to note that drivers may also view their own records for information recorded on or after January 6, 2020.

On JANUARY 6, 2023: Once three years of violation data has been reported and stored in the Clearinghouse, employers are no longer required to also request information from the driver’s previous FMCSA-regulated employers under 391.23(e); an employer’s query of the Clearinghouse will satisfy that requirement.

 

What Information will the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Contain?

The FMCSA Clearinghouse will contain information on all CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations.

These violations include:

  • Report for duty/remain on duty for safety-sensitive function with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater or while using any drug specified in the regulations (Part 40), other than those prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner
  • Alcohol use while performing, or within four hours of performing, a safety-sensitive function
  • Alcohol use within eight hours of a post-accident alcohol test
  • Test positive for use of specified drugs
  • Refusing to submit to a required alcohol or drug test

Who will be using the Clearinghouse?

Employer Responsibilities-

Employers must report drug and alcohol violations and check that no current or prospective employee is prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions, such as operating a CMV, due to a drug and alcohol program violation for which a driver has not successfully completed a Return-To-Duty (RTD) process.

CDL Drivers Responsibilities- 

CDL drivers are responsible to view their own record, provide consent to current or prospective employers to access details about any drug and alcohol program violations, and select a Substance Abuse Professional, if needed

Medical Review Officers-

Report verified positive drug test results and test refusals

Substance Abuse Professionals-

Report Return to duty initial assessment and eligibility status for Return to duty testing.

Consortium/Third Party Administrators-

On behalf of an employer, report drug and alcohol program violations and perform driver queries as required

STATE DRIVER LICENSING AGENCIES-

Query the Clearinghouse prior to completing licensing transactions

What drivers or employers will be impacted the FMCSA Clearinghouse?

All CDL drivers who operate CMVs on public roads, and their employers and service agents. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Interstate and intrastate motor carriers, including passenger carriers
  • School bus drivers
  • Construction Equipment Operators
  • Limousine Drivers
  • Municipal vehicle drivers (e.g., waste management vehicles)
  • Federal and State agencies that employ drivers subject to FMCSA drug and alcohol use testing regulations (e.g., Department of Defense, public transit)

For more information regarding the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse or to enroll in our DOT random drug and alcohol testing program, Call us today at 800-221-4291.

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Accredited Drug Testing provides DOT reasonable suspicion training for supervisors utilizing an online training course in which upon completion a certification certificate will be issued.

The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all agencies including FMCSA, FAA, FRA, FTA, PHMSA and USCG require training for DOT regulated employers to have supervisors trained in the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol use and impairment.

To order the easy to use on-line DOT reasonable suspicion Supervisor Training Course, please register for the course on-line 24/7.

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Upon registration for the course, you will be sent a log in and password identification at which time you can access the training course and complete the training requirements.

Listed Below is the DOT Agency Training Requirements:

DOT Agency Training Time

Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA): 60 minutes-on controlled substances (drugs) and 60 minutes on alcohol misuse

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): -60 minutes-on controlled substances (drugs) and 60 minutes on alcohol misuse (In addition, supervisors must receive employee training .  Reasonable recurrent training is also required, typically every 12-18 months)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA): -A total of 3 hours of training is required for this Agency.  1-hour drug, 1-hour alcohol and 1
hour post-accident determination training

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 1-hour on controlled substances (drugs) and  1 hour on alcohol indicators of probable alcohol use.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) -hour on controlled substances (drugs) and 1 hour on alcohol indicators of probable alcohol use.

United States Coast Guard (USCG) One-hour of training is required on the effects of drugs and alcohol on personal heath, safety, and work environment; and manifestations and behavioral cues that may
indicate drug and alcohol use and abuse.

DOT regulated companies which employ two or more (covered) employees must have supervisors who have completed the DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training. Failing to comply with these training requirements can subject the regulated company to fines and other penalties.

For more information regarding specific DOT supervisor training requirements call us today at (800) 221-4291 or send us a message today!

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