Informing Employees about the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

Arming employees with important information about the DOT drug and alcohol testing program will help to promote public and workplace safety. When hiring an employee to perform DOT Safety-Sensitive duties employers must provide employees with materials that explain the DOT requirements.  Here is a list of recommended items suggested by the DOT:

  • Name and contact information of persons assigned to answer questions about the program.
  • Duties of the employees who are subject to the program.
  • Employee conduct that is prohibited by the regulations.
  • The requirement that employees must be tested for drugs and alcohol.
  • When and under what circumstances employees will be tested.
  • The testing procedures that will be used.
  • An explanation of what constitutes a refusal to test.
  • Explanation of the consequences of refusing a test.
  • Consequences of violating the DOT rules.
  • Information on the effects of drugs and alcohol on a person’s health, work, and personal life.
  • Signs and symptoms of drug use and alcohol misuse.
  • The name and contact information of an individual or organization that can provide counseling and access to treatment programs.

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