DOT Alcohol Testing
DOT alcohol testing requires strict adherence to process and protocol, much like DOT drug testing. For an alcohol test to be DOT-approved, screening test technicians (STTs) and breath alcohol technicians (BATs) must meet certain requirements and qualifications. This will authorize them to do the tests. The professionals at Test Smartly Labs are qualified to collect for the DOT alcohol tests.
DOT Alcohol Testing Specifics
State laws for non-commercial drivers set 0.08 grams of alcohol/1000 grams of blood as the legal limit – but the DOT maximum blood alcohol concentration considered within legal limits is 0.02%. Breath Alcohol and Urine testing are the most commonly used methods, and DOT accepts results from a police-administered breath test as well.
An employee is not allowed to consume alcohol 4 hours before performing a safety-sensitive function, remain on duty with a concentration of 0.04 or higher, consume alcohol 8 hours following an accident. A driver found with an alcohol concentration between 0.02 – 0.04 may not perform safety-sensitive tasks for at least 24 hours. However, when in a personal vehicle, the driver would be charged according to the prescribed state alcohol limit.
Random Rates of Alcohol Testing for each DOT Agency
|FMCSA||Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration||Motor Carrier||49 CFR Part 382|
|FAA||Federal Aviation Administration||Air Carriers or operators and certain contract air traffic control towers||14 CFR 121 Appendices I & J|
|FRA||Federal Railroad Administration||Rail||49 CFR Part 219|
|FTA||Federal Transit Administration||Public Transportation||49 CFR Part 655|
|PHMSA||Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration||Operators of pipeline facilities and contractors performing covered functions for the operator||49 CFR Part 199|
|USCG||US Coast Guard [Department of Homeland Security]||Maritime||46 CFR Parts 4 & 16|
Information On This Topic
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DOT eCCF Paperless Drug Testing – Available
DOT-regulated employers can now order a DOT drug test online and get it in all areas of the United States via Test Smartly Lab. This means that the electronic pass will be sent to you via email in minutes, without needing the traditional five-page custody and control form. You can simply walk into one of our collection centers for the drug screen. The benefits include faster turnaround time, fewer collection errors, fewer spelling/data entry mistakes – and it’s approved by the Federal government.
The eCCF is an electronic version of the five-part paper Custody and Control Form used for ordering drug tests, specimen collection processing, and chain of custody documentation for DOT drug testing programs.
More Information On The DOT Guidelines For Different Organizations
- Timeframes for when you can work after being under the influence of alcohol usually ranges from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the agency and job function.
- Alcohol is always forbidden when someone is about to go on duty, is actively on duty, or is involved in an accident.
- Unless you’re transporting the beverage, you must not be in possession of and/or consuming any alcohol.
- If you plan to do a pre-employment alcohol test, you must do it for all employees and follow a standard procedure, singling out individuals is not acceptable and does not follow agency regulations.
Test Smartly Labs can help with your DOT alcohol test. To get started, contact us.
Be prepared for your drug test!
- Bring your Government Issued Picture ID
- Bring Drug Test Paperwork or Authorization
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your test on site
- Make sure you are hydrated if you are performing a Urine Test
- Expect to have your nail polish removed if getting a Nail Drug Test
- We do not need your prescription information but a Medical Review Officer (MRO) may contact you after collection to verify your medications.
- For urine testing, plan on arriving 3 hours before we close (1 hr minimum) to provide a cushion of time for a shy bladder situation.
- For hair testing, be sure to dry your hair completely before arriving.
- For nail testing, be sure to clean your nails with soap and water before arriving. Also, artificial nails and polish must be removed.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.