Reliable Drug & Alcohol Screening
It is common practice for American businesses in many different fields to offer employment that is conditional upon passing a drug test. Other employers may continue to issue random drug and alcohol tests to existing employees to ensure their continued sobriety and the ongoing safety and quality of all work being done.
In the healthcare industry, for example, it is common for doctors and nurses to undergo regular drug testing to prevent mistakes in treatment caused by intoxication or drug use. Any type of transportation worker can also be expected to have to submit to regular drug and alcohol testing to ensure they are not under the influence while behind the wheel and on duty.
For Louisiana businesses that conduct regular DOT and non-DOT drug screening services, it’s beneficial to have a consistent partner that provides high-quality, efficient service. Global Data Fusion, LLC is happy to be your partner as a fellow Louisiana-based business.
What’s the Difference Between DOT and Non-DOT Drug Screens?
There are two primary types of drug testing performed: DOT and non-DOT screening.
DOT testing is primarily for people who will be working in the transportation field, and are thus under the supervision of the Department of Transportation. People working in the shipping and logistics industry (think semi-truck drivers), as well as pilots, boat captains or anyone else who will be operating a moving vehicle as part of their employment, will be required to undergo DOT drug screening. It is also used by some parts of the coast guard.
There are federal guidelines in place for drug testing for DOT-related fields, which means the standards for passing the test are going to be much stricter than what you might find with a non-DOT test. This doesn’t necessarily mean they test for more substances (they’ll focus on up to five drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, PCP, meth and opioids), just that they’re going to have much less leeway when they discover the presence of illegal substances in a person’s system, and that there will be stiffer consequences for failure to pass the test.
Non-DOT testing, meanwhile, is primarily for jobs in which safety isn’t necessarily as crucial as it is for transportation. However, they may test for more types of substances—the five previously mentioned, as well as barbituates, methadone, MDMA, steroids, benziodiazepines, flaka and tricylclic antidepressants. The terms of non-DOT tests are generally dictated by the employer on a case-to-case basis, versus the federally regulated DOT testing practices. Employers are able to choose not only what types of tests are performed, but also when and how often.
Why You Should Work With GDF for Your Drug Screening
At Global Data Fusion, LLC, we partner with businesses and organizations of all types to perform DOT and non-DUT drug screening both as a pre-employment check and as routine, ongoing checks for employers who care about making sure their employees are staying safe and sober for their work.
We pride ourselves on being excellent partners with all of our clients. While we are a locally based business, we still offer the same quality and breadth of testing that many of the familiar national services do, but we are capable of providing it with a greater level of care and personal attentiveness.
To learn more about our DOT and non-DOT drug screening services, contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most common questions we receive about drug screening services:
The amount of time your drug screening takes depends on the type of screening you’re performing. A non-DOT screening will generally have results available the same day, so the process is quite quick.
DOT screenings can take a bit more time—up to a few days. The sample needs to go through a verification process to indicate it has not been tampered with in any way. After that, the sample must be sent off for laboratory testing and will be split in two at the lab so that if one tests positive, the other can be used to verify to prevent a false positive situation from occurring. After that, the second sample gets sent off for further analysis, and then the results go to a Medical Review Officer who analyzes the findings of the test.
As previously stated, the drugs tested for are as follows:
- DOT testing: Cocaine, marijuana, PCP, meth and opioids
- Non-DOT testing: The above, as well as methadone, MDMA, steroids, benzodiazepines, quaaludes and many more.
Anyone who would be categorized as a DOT-designated “safety-sensitive” employee is required to submit to DOT drug and alcohol testing. This includes employees overseen by DOT departments like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
These safety-sensitive employees are required to get drug tests whenever there is reasonable suspicion of intoxication, whenever returning to duty after time off, after accidents that meet certain DOT criteria, as follow-ups after returning to duty or just on a random basis.
All of these tests occur under DOT regulations and supervision to ensure the tests meet the federal government’s extremely stringent guidelines.