Posted on 2020-04-21 by Admin
Reasonable suspicion testing is an important part of any drug and alcohol program. For DOT regulated employers, each person who supervises drivers must receive at least 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and 60 minutes of training on drug use. 382.603
The following indicators of alcohol misuse or drug use:
To test under DOT regulations a supervisor TRAINED in reasonable suspicion must WITNESS specific, current and identifiable things that lead them to believe the individual is in violation. This MUST be based on appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors.
An accident or client complaint is not sufficient for DOT reasonable suspicion testing, but may be enough for a non-DOT regulated test depending on your company policy.
For most employers, any positive result or refusal to test results in automatic termination. For CDL drivers, be sure to document the notification of positive test results. Here is a form we use.
Be sure to report the results in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse as well as providing a list of approved Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) in the area.
Negative results happen. Many medical conditions may mirror the symptoms of substance abuse. For negative results, have a company plan in place to address it immediately. Many companies choose to offer compensation for loss of work following a negative reasonable suspicion test.