Non-DOT testing is primarily for employers that are NOT regulated by DOT. A non-DOT program follows state and local drug testing laws rather than federal guidelines. State and Local guidelines are mainly used to ensure a safe workplace. It is critical for Non-DOT employers to become familiar with the state and local testing laws so that they might create a thorough drug and alcohol testing policy that can help protect them from legal claims of poor product performance, harassment or discrimination. The policy is to be clearly written and must comply with all applicable state and local laws which will answers all questions that employees might have about the testing process and procedures. Once the policy is in place, all employees will need to sign a policy receipt showing they have received a copy of the policy and understand its consequences before testing commences.
Non-DOT companies have more liberty when it comes to designing and implementing drug and alcohol policies and processes. Employers of the general workforce are free to choose the particulars of what rules and regulations they establish in regards to employee drug and alcohol testing. What drugs are tested for, how often screening is conducted, and what happens in the event that an employee tests positive (non-negative) are all decisions that are made by the employer.
When creating a drug and alcohol testing policy employers can choose from a myriad of methods for testing such as urine, oral fluid/saliva or hair. These methods might consist of a 5 panel, 9 panel, 10 panel or even a 12 panel in addition to alcohol testing.
Some of the most common drugs that are testing for Non-Dot is as follows:
- 6-ACETYLMORPHINE (heroin)
- AMPHETAMINE / METHAMPHETAMINE (crystal meth)
- MDMA / MDA (Ecstasy)
- OPIATES (including: Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone)
- MARIJUANA (THC)
In addition to these drugs and depending on the industry a company may be required to test for other drugs than those listed above such as:
- SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS (THC)
- MEPHEDRONE (BATH SALTS)
- MEPROBAMATE (SOMA)
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