Drug & Alcohol Management: How to Comply with the DOT Requirements

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

Managing a drug & alcohol program involves training your supervisors and testing and training drivers of commercial motor vehicles — in addition to handling the related recordkeeping — and is required under Part 382 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

WHO MUST COMPLY?

If your company operates vehicles that require drivers to possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL), your operation and the drivers of those vehicles are subject to the Part 382 and Part 40 requirements.

WHAT TYPES OF TRAINING ARE REQUIRED?

You must ensure that all persons designated to supervise drivers receive the following:

  • 60 minutes of training on alcohol use
  • 60 minutes of training on drug use

Supervisors will use this training to determine whether reasonable suspicion exists to require a driver to undergo testing. Additionally, you’re required to provide drivers with detailed information covering 11 key areas, including the effects of drug & alcohol use, your company’s policies, testing requirements, and how and where drivers can get help for substance abuse.

WHAT TYPES OF TESTS ARE REQUIRED?

Part 382 requires the following six types of driver testing:

  • Pre-employment
  • Random
  • Post-accident
  • Return-to-duty
  • Follow-up
  • Reasonable suspicion

WHAT TYPES OF RECORDKEEPING ARE REQUIRED?

Employers are expected to maintain the following records of their drug & alcohol programs under Part 382:

  • Records related to the collection processes
  • Records related to the driver’s test results
  • Documentation of any other violations of drug or alcohol misuse
  • Records related to evaluations
  • Records related to education and training
  • Records related to drug and alcohol testing

HOW CAN J. J. KELLER HELP?

Our full range of products and services can help you eliminate the hassles and complexities of administering an effective, compliant drug & alcohol program. Whether you need solutions to assist with recordkeeping, random testing, policy development or training, J. J. Keller has the tools to protect your Controlled Substances & Alcohol CSA BASIC score.

This is just one of the many training courses that J.J. Keller has to offer to keep you and your drivers safe and compliant. Be sure to visit www.RyderFleetProducts.com for a complete list of J.J. Keller courses.

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
Copyright 2014 J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.® * Copied with permission by J.J. Keller

 

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