With the first quarter of 2016 testing coming to a close we would like to point out a few things regarding your random notifications. When the notification and authorization forms are mailed out to you, we ask that you take a moment to review and read the notification instructions. The most important section is what the employee/driver has been selected to complete. Many of our clients just hand the authorization form to the selected individual without explaining which type of test(s) they will need to complete once they arrive at the collection site. If the selected individual has to complete a drug and alcohol test and the collector only performs the drug test you will then receive a Second Notice that the individual still needs to complete the alcohol test. This would be an inconvenience for you and the driver to have to stop working and go out to test again.
It’s also important to send the driver to a collection site that does both drug and alcohol tests. We have an online list of our collection sites and you should only select sites that do both tests just by simply marking the box in the search feature.
Once the driver has completed both tests you must then fill out the notification form and email or fax back to AADT with a copy of the Chain of Custody Form and Breath Alcohol test form. The Breath Alcohol test has immediate test results and they do not need to be sent to the laboratory and MRO to report the result, so AADT does not get a copy of the result unless you send it to us. Following these easy steps will help us all out.
As your service provider we need to notify all our clients what is required by the FMCSA to be compliant and in January we mailed out the Reasonable Suspicion training requirements and the order form. All clients with employees must have someone trained in Reasonable Suspicion. If you only use owner-operators under your operating authority, this requirement still applies to you. The only exception to this requirement is for single truck independent owner-operator motor carriers; they do not need to take this training for themselves. There is confusion on this requirement surrounding whether supervisor training applies to O-O’s who are incorporated. We are seeking guidance from U.S. DOT and will follow-up in a future issue.
IT IS REQUIRED UNDER DOT-FMCSA 49 CFR PART 382
According to §382.603 Training for Supervisors – Every employer shall ensure that persons designated to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists. In order to require a driver to undergo testing under §382.603, they must receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and 60 minutes of training on controlled substance use. The training shall cover the physical, behavioral, speech and performance indicators of probable alcohol misuse and use of controlled substances.
So if you have not had somebody supervisor-trained please fill out the order form on the back of the letter and send to us so we can process your request.