The Department of Transportation (DOT) is lowering the random drug-testing rate for commercial motor vehicle drivers. For 2016, the random drug-testing rate has been lowered to 25%, resulting from a provision in each DOT’s agency’s drug testing rule. The rule gives DOT the discretion to lower the testing rate to 25% if the percentage of positive tests reported by covered employees remains less than 1% for two consecutive calendar years.
What the Lowered Random Drug-Testing Rate Means for Employers
The lowered rate will help lower costs for companies with less time off for their workforce due to screening. Employers can take steps to further lower the impact of random drug-testing on their work force by joining a drug consortium.
The Benefits of a Drug Consortium
Making sure your company is compliant with DOT and FMCSA random drug and alcohol testing can be challenging. This can be especially true for owner-operators and single-driver employers who may be prohibited by federal law from managing their own random drug and alcohol testing programs.
With the lowered rate of random drug-screening, the employer costs of managing and staying compliant with screenings make a consortium an appealing option.
A consortium can manage all, or part, of an employer’s random drug and alcohol testing program, including implementing a testing program, maintaining required testing records and helping to keep a company compliant with DOT/FMCSA rules and regulations and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Drug-Free Safety Program.
Other benefits of a consortium include:
Knowledgeable and current on DOT/FMCSA rules, policies, requirements and regulations.
Timely result reporting.
Removes the company from the hassle of randomization.
Ensures a scientific and unbiased randomization process.
Provides the company with access to an experienced staff and MRO who can answer your drug testing questions.
Ensures that your company’s random testing procedures are fair, equitable and compliant.
Manages complexities of random drug and alcohol testing programs.
- Works with employers to determine eligible pool of participants.
HealthCare for Business has organized a consortium of small and medium sized trucking firms for the purpose of performing random drug and alcohol screen in accordance with Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Aligning with HCFB consortium removes the company from the responsibility of determining the random draws and maintains records for DOT evaluation.
If you are interested in joining the HealthCare for Business consortium, please call us at (440) 354-4747 or email us.