Non-DOT Drug Workplace Testing Program

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What is a Non-DOT Drug Test?

It is a drug test that is not controlled by the U.S. Department of Transportation. This test is conducted by the employer's authority, depending upon their needs, the employer can decide how to manage and run their testing program. They can choose urine, hair, or saliva depending upon the drug-free workplace regulations in the state. Non-DOT drug tests are less regulated than DOT drug tests but they are best for businesses to maintain professional work standards and integrity in the workplace.

DOT Vs Non-DOT Drug Test

A DOT drug test's purpose is to find the following drugs, and is known as a 5-panel test:

  • Opioids
  • PCP
  • Amphetamines
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine

An employer can use the same 5-panel test for a Non-DOT drug test or they can also use a 10-panel test.

Apart from these, employers can also choose to test for anabolic steroids, hallucinogens, ecstasy, and painkillers.

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Chain of Custody Forms (CCF)

This form is required by both DOT and Non-DOT tests to track the sample from the point of collection to the point of the end result.
If the sample collected is found negative then the Medical Review Officer(MRO) will contact the donor to make sure if they have a legal prescription or not. If it is legal then the test will be marked negative and no action will be taken against the donor. But failure to prove a legal prescription can invite disciplinary action against the donor depending upon the employer's will.

Types of Non-DOT Drug Test

  • Pre-Employment Testing: Drug tests performed by the employers before hiring helps them to eliminate the problem caused by drug abusers.
  • Post-Accident Testing: This test helps the employer to identify if the person was under the influence of drugs or not after an accident. 
  • Random Testing: This test helps the employer to identify drug abusers since they don’t know when they will be tested. These tests can be conducted monthly, quarterly, or yearly, depending on the company’s requirements.
  • Reasonable Suspicion Testing: To perform this test the employer must hire supervisors who are experts in spotting suspicious behaviors.
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Drug Testing Policy

This should be the first step in setting up the Non-DOT testing program. Setting up a policy for an organization helps the various department to work together effectively, it states who will be subject to drug tests, the method of drug tests, and what will be the repercussions when an employee fails.

It is a program developed by employers for their employees to perform Non-DOT drug tests, it helps them to eliminate the drug abusers from their organization.

Elements to include in a Drug Policy

Purpose: This statement defines why an organization needs a drug-testing program. The objective could be to maintain safety and productivity at your workplace.

Types of tests: Elaborating all types of drug tests that an employer will conduct under his authority.

Unethical Behavior: The policy must clearly state that failure of testing negative on a drug test will be a violation, and include elements that are completely prohibited. Such as possession of drugs or bypassing a drug test.

Coverage: It should be clearly mentioned who’s exactly covered under this policy. They can be part-time or full-time employees.

We agree that developing a Non-DOT testing program is a tiring process and to develop this you need a team of professionals like a DOT Compliance Group with years of experience in drug testing and policy-making, that will help you to design the testing program.