The FMCSA doubled the required rate of random substance tests for drivers for 2020. Your employer must screen a minimum of half of their workforce! That means a higher chance that you’ll get pulled in for random testing.
Why was the random testing rate increased?
In simplest terms: too many results came back positive in 2018, and by law, that means a required increase in testing.
The “Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing” final rule determines whether the testing rate goes up, down, or stays the same. In 2018, tests indicated a 1.0-percent random positive controlled substance rate across United States CDL drivers. That rate was 0.8-percent in 2017. Under the system, the final rule requires the random test percentage rate increase based on that rise in positive results.
Why was I chosen for random testing?
Driver selection for substance screening is simply the luck of the draw. Random testing does not include pre-employment screening, post-accident tests, or testing due to reasonable suspicion. Contact your company’s HR department if you are curious about their driver selection process.
When can I expect random testing?
Random testing happens any time you are or could be performing safety-sensitive functions, and that means more than just driving! Safety-sensitive functions include time at employer or shipper plants and facilities, loading or unloading your truck, conducting vehicle inspections or repairs, and more. Basically, if you’re near or around your truck for work purposes, you’re a screening candidate. Off-duty drivers and drivers using their sleeping births are not subject to random testing.
How are owner-operators tested?
Owner-operators must comply with the same laws as W2 and contracted drivers. By law, they must join a consortium pool with at least two other drivers and provide random samples throughout the year.
What happens if I work for more than one carrier?
You’re considered part of the testing pool for every company you work with. If you work for more than one company, you could end up getting tested multiple times throughout the year.
What if I refuse random testing?
It’s critically important to your career that you provide a sample when asked. Refusal to test is treated as a positive test result, and you will lose your ability to perform safety-sensitive functions, including driving.
What happens if I test positive?
Testing positive for drugs or alcohol while on duty means you can lose your license and your job. To become an active CDL driver after a positive result requires completion of a drug and alcohol return-to-work program and passed follow-up test. However, any failed substance test may result in difficulty finding work in the industry, even after completing the return-to-work requirements.
Know your rights and responsibilities
F|Staff drivers can contact the Safety Department at any time to discuss random substance testing rules and requirements.
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