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Drug and Alcohol Testing

FMCSA Updates to DOT Downgrades

Effective immediately, FMCSA no longer accepts requests to convert a DOT drug test to a non-DOT test. However, if a violation has been incorrectly reported to the FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol ...

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Addressing Errors in DOT Breath Alcohol Testing

In my nearly 20 years working of in the area of DOT drug and alcohol testing compliance as a DER, Collection Manager, SAP, and TPA, I have learned we are only as strong as are weakest collector. As a ...

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The ODAPC has published all 2024 DOT random drug testing rates

The chart below outlines the annual minimum drug and alcohol random testing rates established within DOT Agencies for 2024. Event 2024 Random Drug Testing Rate 2024 Random Alcohol Testing Rate ...

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What is a DER and what does a DER do?

I have spent a majority of my 20+ year professional career either in the role of a DER or assisting other DERs as a C/TPA. During this time, there has always been a constant - No one knew what a ...

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If You Manage Railroad Operations...Add this App to Your Smartphone

FRA Post Accident Determination Application As part of FRA’s drug and alcohol testing program, certain accidents/incidents are subject to Part 49 CFR 219, Subpart C Post Accident Testing ...

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What exactly is a refusal to test and who determines it?

The DOT regulations outline refusals to test for drugs and alcohol. Some refusals are determined by MROs and BATs and STTs. For others, the determination is your responsibility. ODAPC does an ...

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Pre-employment Investigations for Drug and Alcohol Program Violations for FMCSA Regulated Employees

Beginning January 6, 2023, a FMCSA pre-employment Clearinghouse query will satisfy the requirement to investigate a prospective driver's previous drug and alcohol program violations, as established ...

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Good morning! Are you hungover - or just drunk.

Alcohol has been consumed throughout the world for hundreds of years. It is often referred to as a "recreational beverage" and is widely consumed in moderation for enjoyment and relaxation at home or ...

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Will I pass a urine drug test if I use products containing CBD?

A two part answer. Not a week goes by that I don't get asked this question, "Holly, will I test positive for marijuana if I use a CBD product for my ...insert medical condition here...?" Well, here ...

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FMCSA Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing - Are You Doing Enough?

Reviewing Your 382 Program Are you doing enough to ensure your FMCSA drug and alcohol program is compliant with 49 CFR Part 382? This questionnaire is designed to help you evaluate your current ...

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DOT Previous Employer Records Request - 40.25

Do I need to verify a DOT employee’s prior drug and alcohol testing history? Yes! Before you hire or transfer someone into a safety-sensitive position, you must check the person’s DOT drug and ...

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FMCSA Clearinghouse: What Railroaders Need to Know

In 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) established the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). The Clearinghouse is a database which ...

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10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity – What Are You Doing to Assist Your Collector?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has done a good job providing collection agents with information on maintaining the integrity of a collection event. As a DOT employer, how good of a job have ...

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Webinar: A Review FRA's Requirements for Drug & Alcohol Testing

Do you have questions about implementing the new recent changes for Mechanical employees in 49 CFR Part 219? During this webinar, Holly Rainwater, Vice-President of Drug and Alcohol Programs at Spark ...

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