DOT Drug And Alcohol Consortium

 

 

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

RANDOM DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING PROGRAM

(As required by 49 CFR Part 40)

Consortium Enrollment Includes All Random Test Fees, No Hidden Costs

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Pipeline & Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA)
  • United States Coast Guard (USCG)
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)




Consortium enrollments are offered in 1- 2- and 3-year memberships (multi-year discounts) and includes all random drug & alcohol testing fees. Selections are made quarterly and if selected, you are notified by email and phone and provided a testing location. Upon enrollment, you will receive a certificate of compliance for submission to DOT and all memberships receive MIS reporting. Additional services include DOT drug testing, DOT physicals, MVR reports and FMCSA Clearinghouse registration assistance.


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Random Testing

All employers regulated by 49 CFR Part 382.305 are required to implement a random drug and alcohol testing program. All safety sensitive employees such as CDL drivers must be randomly tested throughout the year and an employer who employs only himself/herself as a driver who is not leased to a motor carrier, shall implement a random testing program of two or more covered employees in the random testing selection pool as a member of a consortium/random testing pool. We specialize in DOT random drug and alcohol testing programs for single owner operators and small, medium and large trucking companies with multiple drivers.

The current rate for FMCSA random drug and alcohol testing is:

  • 50% of the average number of driver positions for Controlled Substances (5 panel DOT urine)
  • 10% of the average number of diver positions for Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT)
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Random Testing

All Marine employers covered by 49 CFR Title 46 Part 16.230 are required to establish a random testing program for drugs for any crewmember designated as safety sensitive.

Crewmembers designated as safety sensitive include individuals who:

  1. Are required by law or regulation to hold a license issued by the Coast Guard in order to perform their duties on the vessel.
  2. Perform duties and functions directly related to the safe operation of the vessel.
  3. Perform the duties and functions of patrolmen or watchmen required by this chapter; or,
  4. Are specifically assigned the duties of warning, mustering, assembling, assisting, or controlling the movement of passengers during emergencies.

We specialize in DOT random drug and alcohol testing programs for Merchant Mariners and small, medium and large Marine Employers.

The current rate for USCG random drug and alcohol testing is:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Random Testing

All FAA regulated employers covered by 14 CFR Part 120, Subpart E, section 120.109(b) and 14 CFR Part 120, Subpart F, section 120.217(c) must implement a random drug and alcohol testing program that requires all safety sensitive employees to be subject to testing throughout the calendar year.

FAA defines safety sensitive employees who must be tested in 120.105.

Each employee, including any assistant, helper, or individual in a training status, who performs a safety-sensitive function listed in this section directly or by contract (including by subcontract at any tier) for an employer as defined in this subpart must be subject to drug testing under a drug testing program implemented in accordance with this subpart. This includes full-time, part-time, temporary, and intermittent employees regardless of the degree of supervision. The safety-sensitive functions are:

  • Flight crewmember duties.
  • Flight attendant duties.
  • Flight instruction duties.
  • Aircraft dispatcher duties.
  • Aircraft maintenance and preventive maintenance duties.
  • Ground security coordinator duties.
  • Aviation screening duties.
  • Air traffic control duties.
  • Operations control specialist duties.

The current rate for FAA random drug and alcohol testing is:

  • 50% of the average number of covered positions for Controlled Substances (5 panel DOT urine)
  • 10% of the average number of diver positions for Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Random Testing

Each Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) regulated employer covered by 49 CFR Part 219.601 and 219.607 must to the greatest extent possible ensure that its FRA random testing program is designed and implemented so that each employee performing regulated service on its behalf should reasonably anticipate that he or she may be called for a random test without advance warning at any time while on duty and subject to performing regulated service.

Furthermore, each railroad as required by §§ 219.603 through 219.609, must submit for FRA approval a random testing plan meeting the requirements of this subpart prior to conducting random testing.

The plan must address all safety sensitive regulated employees, as defined in § 219.5. Regulated employees defined as:

A person who performs covered service (subject to hours-of-service laws) functions at a rate sufficient to be placed into the railroad’s random testing program. Categories Include:

  • locomotive engineers,
  • trainmen, conductors,
  • switchmen, locomotive hostlers/helpers,
  • utility employees,
  • signalmen,
  • operators, and
  • train dispatchers.

In addition, a person who performs a maintenance-of-way/roadway worker function (as defined in 49 CFR Part 214) who are employees or contractors of a railroad, have a potential to foul the track, and perform a regulated function such as inspection, construction, maintenance or repair of railroad track, bridges, roadway, signal and communication systems, electric traction systems, roadway facilities or roadway maintenance machinery on or near track, as well, flagman and watchmen/lookouts.

The current rate for FRA random drug and alcohol testing is:


25% - Covered Service
10% - Covered Service
25% - Maintenance of Way
10% - Maintenance of Way
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Random Testing

Employers who are covered under § 655.21 Drug testing regulations for the Federal Transit Administration must implement a random drug and alcohol testing program that ensures the selection of employees for random drug and alcohol testing is made by a scientifically valid method, such as a random number table or a computer-based random number generator that is matched with employees' Social Security numbers, payroll identification numbers, or other comparable identifying numbers. Under the selection process used, each covered employee shall have an equal chance of being tested each time selections are made. FTA regulated employers must also ensure that the number of employees randomly selected and tested during each calendar year to equal an annual rate not less than the minimum annual percentage rates for random drug and alcohol testing determined by the FTA Program Administrator. 

If the employer conducts random drug and alcohol testing through a consortium, the number of employees to be tested may be calculated for each individual employer or may be based on the total number of covered employees covered by the consortium who are subject to random drug and alcohol testing at the same minimum annual percentage rate under this part. 

Random testing must be unannounced and unpredictable, and that the dates for administering random tests are spread reasonably throughout the calendar year and random testing must be conducted at all times of day when safety-sensitive functions are performed. 

When a covered employee is notified of selection for random drug or random alcohol test, they must proceed to the test site immediately. 


The FTA Defines safety sensitive covered employees as: 

  • A person who performs a revenue vehicle operation.
  • revenue vehicle and equipment maintenance.
  • revenue vehicle control or dispatch (optional);
  • Commercial Driver's License non-revenue vehicle operation; or
  • armed security duties.

The current rate for FTA random drug and alcohol testing is:

  • 50% drugs
  • 10% Alcohol
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) Random Testing

Employers regulated his part requires operators of pipeline facilities subject to part 192, 193, or 195 of this chapter to test covered employees for the presence of prohibited drugs and alcohol. Each operator/covered employer must maintain and follow a written anti-drug plan that conforms to the requirements of this part and the DOT Procedures. which outlines specfic requirements as required by § 199.101 Anti-drug plan and § 199.202 Alcohol misuse plan.

Random testing must be conducted by a scientifically validated method ensuring that all covered/safety sensitive employees have an equal chance of being selected for testing.

PHMSA defines covered service as:

  • A person who performs on a pipeline or liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility an operation,
  • maintenance, or
  • emergency-response function.

The current rate for PHMSA random drug and alcohol testing is:

  • 50% drugs
  • Alcohol N/A


Accredited Drug Testing Inc (ADT)  serves as a consortium / third party administrator (C/TPA) which manages the entire DOT approved Consortium for DOT regulated companies and DOT covered “safety sensitive” employees. The DOT consortium is cost effective and complies with all requirements of DOT 49 CFR Part 40 which mandates that all “safety sensitive” employees be enrolled in a random drug and alcohol testing program.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has strict regulations requiring regulated companies and independent operators (CDL License Holders) be a member of a DOT drug and alcohol Consortium, failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant fines and other DOT sanctions. 

The Accredited Drug Testing Consortium ensures compliance with the DOT regulations and customer service is our number one priority. Our DOT specialist are committed to serving our DOT consortium members in need of a pre-employment drug test, random drug test or breath alcohol test.

A DOT drug test is a 5 panel urine test and all DOT drug tests require a Federal Chain of Custody form, this is a special 5 page form which must be used when a DOT drug test is administered. Accredited Drug Testing provides all members of our DOT consortium a package of Federal Chain of Custody Forms to be used when taking a DOT drug test.

When joining a DOT Consortium, it is important that the Consortium staff be fully knowledgeable of all DOT regulations regarding 49 CFR Part 40 and the DOT random drug and alcohol testing requirements. Accredited Drug Testing Inc prides itself on providing accurate and professional information and services regarding the DOT Consortium.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc is fully versed in the DOT procedures for pre-employment drug testing, random drug testing, reasonable suspicion drug testing, post accident drug testing, return to duty drug testing and follow up drug testing.

When you and your company are enrolled in the Accredited Drug Testing DOT Consortium, your company will receive a Certificate of Compliance (email and U.S Mail) and when any of your drivers or other safety sensitive employees are selected for a random test, the DER (designated employer representative) or you, the independent operator will be sent an email and a phone call will be made to ensure that you and your employee are aware of the selection, provided the closest testing center location and any assistance needed to ensure compliance with the DOT random drug or alcohol test process.

Please Note- If you are currently being audited/inspected or found to be in violation by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and you are calling to join the DOT Consortium or schedule a DOT drug or breath alcohol test, please advise the Accredited Drug Testing DOT Specialist. 

Accredited Drug Testing, DOT Consortium – Easy, Cost Effective with Immediate Compliance!

For immediate compliance with the DOT Consortium enrollment requirement or to schedule a DOT drug or alcohol test call Accredited Drug Testing at (800)221-4291.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc has a special DOT Compliance Package for independent operators (CDL License holders) and other DOT regulated companies.

Complete DOT Compliance Package – Independent Operators/Small Companies Includes:

  • Pre-employment or Random drug test,
  • Consortium Membership (First Year)
  • Supervisor Training
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Certificate of Compliance

Additional DOT Drug tests may be ordered at a discount when purchasing the complete compliance package.

Call Accredited Drug Testing for additional information and fees (800)221-4291.

To Review DOT 49 CFR Part 40 Regulations- CLICK HERE

Who’s Covered?

  • Truck Drivers- CDL Operators
  • Train Engineers
  • Boat Captains- Officers
  • Airplane Mechanics
  • Airline Pilots- Flight Attendants
  • Pipeline Workers

Additional companies/operators subject to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing

  • If you or your company operate vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
  • If you or your company operate vehicles which can transport 16 or more passengers. (including the driver)
  • If you or your company operate vehicles which transport hazardous materials.

DOT Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all covered employees be enrolled in a DOT approved Random Consortium Selection Program. The selection of any covered employee must be made by a computerized selection process and any covered employee selected for a drug and alcohol test must immediately proceed to take the test once notified.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) determines the percentages that each consortium must select for a drug & alcohol test. As an example the FMCSA Consortium must select 25% of its members for a drug test annually and 10% for an alcohol test.

The Accredited Drug Testing Inc DOT random drug testing program notifies covered employees by email and a phone call and provides the location of the closest testing center for the covered employee to go and take their drug and alcohol test.

Failing to take a random drug or alcohol test once selected can result in substantial fines and penalties by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a DOT approved random selection Consortium for covered employees who are required to comply with DOT random testing requirements.

Random Testing Requirements For Each Federal Agency DOT Consortium 

  • FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • FRA – Federal Railroad Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
    • MOW (Maintenance of Way) – 50% drug and 25% alcohol
  • FTA – Federal Transit Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • PHMSA – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials – 50% drug
  • USCG – United States Coast Guard – 25% drug

DOT Consortium Employee List Revisions

Quarterly each consortium member will be contacted by the Accredited Drug Testing , DOT specialist and asked to update the company’s DOT Consortium employee list, prior to the random selection draw (add or remove employees from the consortium). Companies can remove or add employees to the consortium at  anytime  prior to the selection date. Maintaining an accurate consortium list is an important service provided by Accredited Drug Testing Inc and requires the cooperation of all Consortium Members.

DOT Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that any covered employee immediately proceed to take a drug and breath alcohol test in the event of an accident which falls under the DOT post accident drug and alcohol testing requirements.

When possible the covered employee can contact Accredited Drug Testing Inc and the drug and alcohol test can be conducted at a testing center close to where the accident occurred, however on many occasions a post accident drug and alcohol test will require an on-site/mobile drug testing service which can be provided by Accredited Drug Testing Inc.

DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all DOT regulated companies educate and train all supervisors in how to detect employees under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

Supervisors must complete and successfully pass a DOT approved supervisor training course.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a DOT approved Supervisor Training Course which is web based and which will provide a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course. The course is approximately 3 hours in length and maybe accessed at anytime.

DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that any regulated company with two or more employees holding safety sensitive positions covered by 49 CFR Part 40 must have a written DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy and all employees must be provided a copy of the policy. Companies must comply with all requirements listed in the DOT drug and alcohol policy.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc specializes in the development and implementation of a DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy – Call Accredited Drug Testing at (800)221-4291

DOT Additional Requirements/Information

The Department of Transportation only recognizes and authorizes a 5 panel urine drug test and a breath alcohol test for compliance with 49 CFR Part 40.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that a Federal Chain of Custody Form (5 Page CCF) be used with all drug screens and that all breath alcohol testing devices be approved by the DOT.

The staff of Accredited Drug Testing Inc are certified and trained in DOT drug specimen collections and DOT breath alcohol testing.

DOT Audits/Inspections

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regularly conducts DOT Audits to ensure compliance with 49 CFR Part 40. These audits can occur due to being recently issued a DOT License (New Entrant) or complaints have been filed against the company or a follow up audit due to previous violations.

When a DOT audit/inspection occurs the following primary factors are considered,

  • Pre-employment drug tests on all covered employees on file
  • Random Pool Membership on all covered employees
  • Reasonable Suspicion/Supervisor Training Completed
  • Written drug and alcohol policy
  • Copy of DOT regulations on file
  • All DOT Licenses are current

DOT Physicals

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all drivers holding a CDL License must successfully pass a DOT physical to be issued a CDL Medical Card. The Medical Card is valid for 24months and must be renewed every 2 years with a new physical.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides DOT physicals nationwide at most drug testing centers and our affiliated medical facilities. All DOT Physicals are administered by an examiner trained and certified by the FMCSA.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc is your “one stop shopping” for all DOT Drug Testing and DOT Breath Alcohol Testing.

To join the DOT Consortium or schedule your DOT Drug Test or DOT Alcohol Test Call, (800)221-4291

Specializing in DOT drug and alcohol Consortium regulations.

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