HHS Issues Request for Info Regarding Hair Specimen Testing

In late May the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the potential use of hair specimens for federally-mandated drug and alcohol testing. This is the first official step to review hair testing as a potentially viable part of federal drug testing programs. Read more

What Employees Need to Know

What Employees Need to Know About DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing (English)

Employee Handbook

This publication was produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to assist safety-sensitive employees subject to workplace drug & alcohol testing in understanding the requirements of 49 CFR Part 40 and certain DOT agency regulations. Nothing in this publication is intended to supplement, alter or serve as an official interpretation of 49 CFR Part 40 or DOT agency regulations. This publication is for educational purposes only (English Version).

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Updated: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

What Employers Need to Know

ODAPC Revises
What Employers Need to Know about DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Handbook

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) has updated the “ What Employers Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing ” guidelines, also known as the “Employer Handbook.”

Last revised in October 2010, this new version can be viewed HERE

A summary of changes made to the “Employer Handbook” can be found on the last page of the booklet.

Click here to view the US DOT ODAPC’s guide, What Employers Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

Spring is the Season of Scams

We have been notified by our clients that they have been receiving bogus Compliance Notification Letters on their FAX machine. They are puzzled as to why they are receiving the letter.

The reason is pretty simple — they are being scammed by at least a couple of shady operators who think posing as a federal compliance agent is a smart marketing tool. Read more

Bill Introduced in Each House to Allow DOT to Accept Driver Drug Tests by Hair Sample

Both chambers of Congress recently introduced a similar bill that would allow trucking companies the option to drug test their drivers via hair (or hair follicle) sample rather than urine sample to satisfy federal drug testing requirements. The bill, the Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2015, (S.806 and H.R. 1467), has been introduced in Congress several times in recent years. This year it is sponsored in the Senate by Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.). The House bill is sponsored by Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.). Read more

Hired Drivers that Are Enrolled in other CSAT Program

Question: I’m hiring a new driver and he was working for another company that had him enrolled in their CSAT (drug testing) program, do I need to pre-employment test him?

Answer: Part 382, section 382.301(a) Prior to the first time a driver performs safety-sensitive functions for an employer, the driver shall undergo testing for controlled substances as a condition prior to being used, unless the employer uses the exception in paragraph (b) of this section. Read more

Drivers Under the Influence of Drugs On the Rise

Many Blame the Legalization Of Marijuana

For many years, campaigns and extra patrolling throughout the U.S. has been done in an effort to put a stop to drunk driving and the horrific accidents that such actions cause. Read more

Weather Service Advisory – Major Winter Storm Affecting Research Triangle Park NC Area

Please be advised that Central North Carolina has experienced a major winter storm. As a result, hazards travel conditions and numerous power outages are being reported in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) and Morrisville, NC areas. Read more

Don’t Forget Your MIS Reports!

Once again AADT has experiences a tremendous amount of growth for 2014 adding new and improved services for our clients. As the New Year starts many of you will need your MIS/Semi/Annual reports for 2014 along with the Consortium Data for your Bi-Annual Inspections. You can now download your own reports via the online access to your account. Read more

How to Submit Your Required MIS DATA Collection Form

Employers (including owner-operators) subject to U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) or Coast Guard (USCG) drug and alcohol testing regulations must submit their annual drug and alcohol testing data as required by their respective DOT agency (Federal Moto Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for over-the-road truckers) or the USCG (for port truckers). Read more

New Anti-Drinking Drugs Coming On-line?

So this trucker walks into a bar…in a hospital

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a fake bar to test the safety and effectiveness of new drugs coming to the market designed to help with the national alcoholism epidemic.

There is no real booze in the bar, but there are clear and brown colored water filling the bottles on the back shelves. The real alcohol is locked away but is close enough for the extra temptation of smell, to permeate the room. Read more

Random Drug Testing of Truck Drivers Will Stay at the 50% – Rate

POLICY CHANGE: AADT has changed the policy when adding a driver at the end of a company’s renewal period. Instead of the $30 for CD’s or $20 for DF the last 30 days of a company’s enrollment it has changed to the special rate for the last 60 days of a company’s enrollment.

Random drug testing rates for trucking company employees and owner-operators in safety sensitive positions regulated by federal and states law will continue at 50-percent in the coming year, the FMCSA announced December 31. Read more