Each day, hundreds of millions of people around the world rely on public transportation to get from point A to point B. We entrust the safety of our friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances on those who operate large commercial vehicles. Therefore, it is our responsibility to make sure that those operating these vehicles have no criminal background and are not abusing dangerous substances.
As a result of this, drug testing in the transportation industry is critical for the safety of society.
Why Drug Testing for Transportation and DOT Employees?
Whether you are taking the metro to work on your daily commute, flying coast to coast for an important business meeting or traveling by bus to visit out of town family, you entrust your safety and the safety of others in the hands of those operating mass transit vehicles.
Ray LaHood, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, states “Safety is our no. 1 priority at the U.S. Department of Transportation. And a cornerstone of our safety policy is ensuring that transportation providers across all modes employ operators who are 100 percent drug and alcohol free. We want – and we insist upon – safety-conscious employees at all times and under all circumstances.”
However, LaHood continued on by stating that there are still some human risk factors and that some transportation workers do use illicit drugs and abuse alcohol.
Due to the fact that safety is the primary concern of the Department of Transportation (DOT), it is critical that employers have strong drug and alcohol testing policies.
As an industry leader in national drug and alcohol drug screenings, Confirm BioSciences offers a wide variety of tests that companies can use to comply with these DOT drug testing regulations.
What is Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Testing?
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) have drug and alcohol testing requirements for safety-sensitive employees employed in the aviation, railroad, public transit, trucking, maritime, and pipeline industries.
What Transportation Industries Use Mandatory Drug Testing?
The following transportation industries use mandatory drug testing:
|Aviation (FAA)||Title 14 CFR Part 121|
|Railroad (FRA)||Title 49 CFR Part 219|
|Motor Carrier (FMCSA)||Title 49 CFR Part 382|
|Transit (FTA)||Title 49 CFR Part 655|
|Pipeline (PHMSA)||Title 49 CFR Part 199|
|Maritime||Title 46 CFR Parts 4 and 16|
|DOT||Title 49 CFR Part 40|