The Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates specific drug and alcohol screening protocols that trucking companies follow to keep drivers, employers, and the driving public safe while on the road (49 CFR 40).

At Medix, we offer an efficient process for completing drug and alcohol screening. We do not provide acute injury care; therefore, your employees can complete their screening quickly and return to work with little interruption. Learn more about the different types of tests that you or your employees can anticipate before and during employment.

Pre-Employment Drug and Alcohol Tests

Employers are required to conduct pre-placement drug testing on prospective CMV drivers before completing the hiring process (49 CFR Part 382.301). An employer is not required to but may conduct pre-placement alcohol testing (49 CFR 382.301).

Random Drug and Alcohol Tests

Random drug and alcohol tests are an important part of maintaining regulatory compliance. DOT regulations require employers to conduct random screenings periodically, without prior notice to employees (49 CFR 382.305).

Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Tests

Post-accident drug and alcohol testing is required whenever a CDL driver is involved in a fatal accident, or after they receive a traffic citation resulting from an injury or a vehicle-disabling accident. The alcohol test must occur within 8 hours, and the drug test within 32 hours (49 CFR 382.303).

Return-To-Duty Drug and Alcohol Tests

Employees who have violated DOT drug and alcohol regulations are required to undergo return-to-duty drug and alcohol tests before resuming duties (49 CFR 40.305). This test cannot occur until the employee has completed the “return-to-duty” process as outlined in 49 CFR 40.305.

Schedule a DOT Drug and Alcohol Screening in the Des Moines Metro With Medix

As an employer or owner of a trucking company, it is important to familiarize yourself with the specific regulations and requirements of the DOT drug and alcohol screening program to ensure compliance.

At Medix, we provide a secure and professional process to ensure appropriate urine drug screen collection and breath alcohol testing, following DOT regulations. To schedule a screening or learn more about our test options, please contact our Ankeny office.