DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs

 

A more intense DOT testing process began earlier this year. On January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel that includes marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates, drivers also started being tested for four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone. 

DOT Drug Testing

Employees

Testing positive for any semi-synthetic opioid drugs, as well as any other drug test result that is confirmed by the laboratory, requires the Medical Review Officer (MRO) to interview you to determine whether there is a legitimate medical explanation for the positive test.

If you have a prescription, to treat migraines or arthritis pain, for example, you need to provide it to the MRO, who will determine if the prescription is valid. If there is a legitimate medical explanation, the MRO will report the result to your employer as a negative. If not, the MRO will report the result to your employer as positive.

Removal From Safety-Sensitive Duties

As has been the requirement for many years, an employer must immediately remove an offending employee from performing safety-sensitive functions if the employee tests positive for drugs. Employers must also provide a list of qualified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) to all employees.

In order to return to performing safety-sensitive functions for any DOT-regulated employer, the employee must complete the return-to-duty process that will include an evaluation by an SAP. They will determine if you’ve successfully completed the prescribed education and/or treatment. Before an employer can return you to safety-sensitive work, the employer must receive a negative result on a directly observed return-to-duty drug test. After you return to safety-sensitive work, you will be subjected to directly-observed follow-up testing for 12-60 months depending on the SAP’s recommendations.

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