A mandatory requirement by the Department of Transportation and the FMCSA is that any commercial driver license holder and anyone of employees CMV drivers must follow alcohol and drug testing rules. Included in these rules are procedures for testing, the rate of how often tests are given, and the type of substances that are tested for.
Even though, your employer is responsible when it comes to giving you any necessary information on drug and alcohol testing programs, you are still responsible in terms to following all rules and regulations. This is done with the intent to keep our roads safe.
If you are an employer, it is in your responsibility to put in place and run drug and alcohol testing programs.
There are several methods of drug and alcohol tests that show the presence and level of drugs or alcohol in one’s body. These tests can be done by using one or more of the following samples collected from the employees:
- Blood – generally screened for illegal drugs
- Breath – to detect and measure alcohol level
- Hair – to detect and analyze the drug abuse history for 90 days
- Sweat – generally used for detecting drugs
- Saliva – generally used for detecting alcohol and other drugs
- Urine – most commonly used for screening employees for illegal drugs and alcohol