USA Mobile Drug Testing Compliance Consultants are out in the field helping employers make sure that their required Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing programs are in compliance with Federal regulations. Employers that are regulated by DOT must ensure that service agents used meet the requirements of the regulations.
Recently, DOT again emphasized that many collectors and collection sites continue to make mistakes and errors during the collection process. Here is a listing of some of the recent errors pointed out by DOT officials:
- Custody and Control Forms (CCFs) received are illegible. Collectors should review all copies of the CCF prior to distributing them to ensure that they are legible. In regards to copies that are to be faxed, if the writing is light then collectors should make a darker copy to be sent via fax.
- MROs and Employers are reporting that they are not receiving their respective copies of the CCFs despite multiple requests. Per DOT regulations, collectors must send the CCFs within 24 hours or the next business day and must keep their copies of CCFs for at least 30 days.
- Collectors are not marking step 1D in the CCF to indicate the transportation mode that the collection is for (FAA, FRA, FTA, FMCSA, etc.). This is a new step for the CCF and collection sites should be sure to post notices within the collection area reminding collectors to mark this information on the CCF.
- The donor initialing of the specimen bottle labels is being done while the labels are on the CCF contrary to DOT regulations that require the labels be signed on the specimen bottle.
- Collectors are not adequately informing donors that leaving the collection site prior to the completion of the collection process (with the exception of pre-employment tests) is considered a refusal to test.
Employers – you should be monitoring the collection facilities or collectors that you hire to make sure they are performing collections correctly and not making the errors noted above. It is an employer’s responsibility to make sure that the process is in compliance. Ask your collectors about their training and about their procedures. Many collectors have not received the five year refresher training required by DOT.
Clients of USA Mobile Drug Testing can be assured that their collections are done properly in complete compliance with all Federal, State and DOT regulations. USAMDT Compliance Consultants meet the highest standards in the industry with over 120 hours of training completed prior to opening their territory. All collectors utilized by USA Mobile Drug Testing have met all of the DOT qualifications for training and proficiency. You can be assured that trained professional collectors from USA Mobile Drug Testing will not make the mistakes listed above. Remember that USA Mobile Drug Testing Compliance Consultants always come to your location to administer all testing and make it compliant, simple, quick and cost-efficient for you.