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What is DOT Screening?

DOT Screening isn’t really as complicated as it may seem. Or… maybe we should say we can make it easy for you. As a collections lab that meets all DOT requirements, we have a full understanding of this process and procedures. But, if you’re new to this whole thing, read on. We’ll help break it down for you.


Unclear about DOT screening or its significance? Read on to learn more.

The Basics of DOT Screening:

DOT = Department of Transportation

DOT Screening = The DOT has a set of specific drug and alcohol testing regulations that must be met for pre-employment and continued testing of DOT employees.

Common FAQ of DOT Screening:

Who is DOT Screening For?

DOT screening applies to employees in “safety-sensitive transportation … aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines, and other transportation industries.”

Why is being DOT-compliant a big deal?

Not just anyone can run a test for an applicant of the transportation industry.

“DOT publishes rules on who must conduct drug and alcohol tests, how to conduct those tests, and what procedures to use when testing.”

Because our DOT-approved collections lab in Worcester complies with all rules and regulations of DOT, we’re a great place for many employers to send their applicants for pre-employment and continued drug & alcohol screenings.

Why such strict guidelines for DOT?

The transportation industry is risky enough in itself, and the Department of Transportation has taken severe measures to reduce the safety risk as well as they know how. Each employee of any transportation agency is required to be 100% drug and alcohol free. This doesn’t only protect the employee, but it also protects all passengers and by-standers.

Does DOT just apply to those who drive trucks?

No, DOT applies to any operator of a transportation method “on roads, rails, water, or in the air, over land and underground.” Additionally, DOT covers “transportation employers, safety-sensitive transportation employees, and service agents – roughly 10 million people.”

Stay tuned in the weeks to follow on more info about DOT!

All quotes from the Department of Transportation website regarding Drug & Alcohol Screening.

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