Best Practices for Trucking Company Drug Screening

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Best Practices for Trucking Company Drug Screening

In the last 20 years, the trucking industry has seen a marked decline in positive lab results for alcohol and drug tests. Most industry insiders believe that this trend was initiated by a 1991 federal law requiring trucking companies to screen their drivers.

The downward trend has leveled off in the last 10 years, as trucking companies struggle with the effects of substance abuse as it relates to their drivers. In a recent white paper from HireRight, trucking companies can address these issues with a more robust approach in testing.

Best Practices for Drug Testing

One important strategy that can be adopted by transportation companies is the promotion of more effective alcohol and drug programs.

Aligning your screening policy with the best practices in the industry includes the following:

  • Write a United States Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant policy regarding the use and misuse of controlled substances or alcohol.
  • Address not just illegal medications, but also prescriptions in this policy.
  • Include hair follicle testing in your screening policies.
  • Document your screening process.
  • Use a medical review officer (MRO) within your program for screening.
  • Notify your insurance providers of your plan.
  • Coordinate your drug screening with medical examinations when this is possible.
  • Partner with a qualified third-party provider of drug screening.

Providers of Drug Screenings

For smaller or mid-sized trucking companies, you may opt to collaborate with a third party, qualified screener such as Prudential Associates. This will allow you to implement an efficient and comprehensive program, as compared to the programs available if you implement them on your own.

There are always costs involved with drug and alcohol screening, but they will be dependent on the number of drivers you employ. In this way, you will not need to spend money for more services than you need. Allowing experts to do your company testing will allow your employees to place more emphasis on recruiting excellent drivers and on providing reliable, cost-effective, safe transportation services.

A third party drug and alcohol screening provider that offers hair analysis is helpful for trucking companies in many ways. They include higher productivity and safety levels, lowering medical costs and workers’ compensation claims and giving you a higher return on investment (ROI).

Regular Alcohol and Drug Screening

Prudential Associates endorses regular alcohol and drug testing for your employees. Our services have been designed to help you in identifying employees with alcohol and drug problems. This will aid in minimizing abuse and protecting your company interests.

Our programs are all totally Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant.

Tests are conducted in these circumstances:

  • Testing for Employment – Federal law states that your drivers must be tested for controlled substances and alcohol before they perform any safety-sensitive job duties for you.
  • Random Testing – The law requires that you have at least 50% of your drivers randomly tested for controlled substances, and random alcohol tests done on 10% or more of your drivers.
  • Reasonable Suspicion Testing – Federal law states that you must require drivers to submit to controlled substance and alcohol testing if you suspect that they violated the Act prohibitions.
  • Testing After Accidents – The law requires testing for any commercial motor vehicle driver involved in an accident if he was cited for moving violations or when an accident results in the loss of life.
  • Testing for Return to Duty – Federal law states that if your driver has violated the Act, he or she must undergo a controlled substance and/or an alcohol test before he or she can return to work.
  • Testing on a Follow-Up Basis – Federal laws require that drivers who have been determined to need assistance to resolve alcohol or controlled substance abuse issues will afterward have unaccounted testing for drugs or alcohol after the fact.
  • Random Testing – Random drug and alcohol testing is an important part of your overall company safety plan. Ensuring that your drivers are not affected by drugs or alcohol will make the roads safer for everyone.