A Comprehensive Guide to Alcohol Screening
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A Comprehensive Guide to Alcohol Screening

Companies may choose to conduct alcohol screening for various reasons. For some federally regulated workers, governing organizations mandate random alcohol screening. For other organizations, alcohol testing is more likely to be conducted after an accident, when there is evidence of intoxication at work, or for access to a job site. The DOT has specific alcohol…

Why Positive Drug Tests Aren’t Always the End of the Road
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Why Positive Drug Tests Aren’t Always the End of the Road

As you will learn in the course of your DOT urine collection certification, urine drug tests occasionally come back positive even though the donor isn’t using any illicit drugs. Sometimes, the drug tests pick up other prescription medications making it appear as if the driver is not fit to drive commercially. However, these false positives…

How an Employer Can Assess the Proficiency of a Specimen Collector
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How an Employer Can Assess the Proficiency of a Specimen Collector

Your business’s reputation is defined by the proficiency of your staff. Drug testing specimen collectors and Breath Alcohol Technicians (BATs) get training according to the Department of Transportation’s regulations, so a DOT certification course is a solid indicator of proficiency. On the other hand, like most skills, if you don’t use them, you can lose…

How Can DOT Medical Examiners Stay Updated on the Latest Medical Studies Relevant to Drivers?
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How Can DOT Medical Examiners Stay Updated on the Latest Medical Studies Relevant to Drivers?

Medical findings are ever-changing and advancing, making it crucial for DOT examiners to keep a pulse on the latest medical information relevant to driver health and safety. They must know how to perform their job thoroughly and accurately based on recent changes and pertinent medical information. Keep reading to learn some of the best ways…

Breath Alcohol Technicians vs. Screen Test Technicians
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Breath Alcohol Technicians vs. Screen Test Technicians

If you’re looking to start your own alcohol and drug testing business, you may be wondering whether to choose breath alcohol technician (BAT) or screen test technician (STT) training for you and your employees. What’s the difference? Is one option better, or should you do both? A Two Step Test The Department of Transportation (DOT)…

What Challenges do DOT Medical Examiners Face When Evaluating Drivers’ Fitness for Duty?
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What Challenges do DOT Medical Examiners Face When Evaluating Drivers’ Fitness for Duty?

Being a DOT medical examiner can be challenging because of the diverse pool of drivers they examine. They have a set amount of time to determine whether a driver is medically qualified to safely drive, which puts a lot of pressure on the examiner. Keep reading to learn more about the challenges DOT examiners often…

What Medical Conditions Automatically Disqualify Commercial Truck Drivers from Having a DOT Medical Certification?
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What Medical Conditions Automatically Disqualify Commercial Truck Drivers from Having a DOT Medical Certification?

Commercial trucking companies rely heavily on their drivers to deliver goods safely and meet shipment schedules. They place a premium on monitoring and maintaining driver safety. While it may seem obvious why certain health conditions should preclude you from becoming a commercial driver, there are exceptions. Below, our regulation-savvy readers pointed out some of the…