Alcohol biomarkers are used in monitoring alcohol usage. The most common is breath alcohol testing which is done for Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing requirements. Companies can also implement alcohol testing in their Non-DOT drug testing policy. Alcohol can be added to drug testing in random selection, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion testing. One other method called an EtG (Ethyl Glucuronide) test detects the presence of ethyl glucuronide in a urine sample. EtG tests are too sensitive to distinguish between actual alcohol consumption and alcohol exposure in small amounts. They are not commonly used in employer drug testing programs but more for monitoring individuals who are legally prohibited from drinking alcohol by the justice system. Evidence shows however that Etg’s should not be used as the primary or sole evidence that the person has been drinking.
Mandatory DOT drug testing is not the only way that the Department of Transportation tries to make the trucking industry safer. Drivers are only allowed to drive a certain amount of hours each day. Now guidelines will go into effect that lowers that number of hours. The thought is to keep the number of hours in line with safety standards that will reduce accidents due to fatigue. This rule is one of the many that govern the trucking industry which also includes pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion drug testing. The trucking industry already has some of the most strict employee random testing requirements. Companies are required to test 50% of their drivers annually for drugs and 10% also for alcohol. The numbers of crashes have declined dramatically over the last few decades but are tighter rules governing driving hours going to improve safety performance. One thing is for sure trucking companies are going to be the ones working harder trying to find more drivers.
For years, most drivers have fought back or even ignored the importance of being drug free on the road. It is amazing that even though most people are aware of the dangers of driving drunk or under the influence of certain drugs or narcotics, the number of Driving Under Influence (DUI) cases continue to shock many every year. It is mainly for this reason Continue reading
Safe and healthy drivers are a bonus to any and all companies, not to mention the millions of other drivers on the road. Federal government regulations state that all commercial drivers need to be tested for drugs and alcohol in order to keep our highways safe. This is from the United States Department of Transportation also known as DOT. CDL Consortium Drug Testing is a great place to ensure the safety of your drivers. If you happen to be Continue reading
Trucks are such a familiar sight on our roads and expressways that we even hardly notice them anymore. They are also a very important part of the shipping for this country and provide the products that we need on a daily basis. The trucking industry is responsible for most of the products that are transported through the country on a given day. Continue reading
In March 2013 it has been announced that a Federal database is in the pipeline that will monitor the employment of all drivers who have failed drug testing protocol for previous employers, and given the legal minefield that this is likely to raise it has never been more important or owners to exert vigilance over the sobriety of their drivers. Continue reading
Many companies first entering the industry may have questions regarding the process of drug testing for CDL holders and what responsibility owner/operators have. The first thing you must take away from this is that urine drug testing became mandatory for commercial drivers in 1989 and a further amendment in 1994 added breath-alcohol testing in certain circumstances. Continue reading
Since certain laws were enacted in 1989, all commercial truck drivers are subject to certain drug tests designed to test their ability to operate a vehicle. The regulations that were set forth serve to ensure that a drug-free and alcohol-free environment is maintained on the highways and freeways of America at all times. These laws apply to anyone, of any nationality, operating a commercial vehicle within the United States. Continue reading
There are many steps you need to take before starting your own trucking company. Maybe you’ve been in the industry for quite some time, understand the ins and outs, and have now decided to venture out on your own and start your own trucking business. This might be a great idea and make the most sense in your life, but before you go to the bank to secure a huge loan, there are other very important steps you must take during the inception of your Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drive a truck for a living? When thinking about this option, remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean driving cross-country loads; it can also mean driving a delivery truck around town or hauling materials a short distance. Whatever option you had in mind, remember that you will need your Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) in order to operate a truck in the United States. Continue reading