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What Is an FMCSA Drug Testing Consortium

02/17/2021 08:25

If you’re a part of the trucking industry, you’ve almost certainly heard of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But what is a FMCSA drug testing consortium? Read on to learn more.

What Is the FMCSA?

The FMCSA is a subsector of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), responsible for creating and enforcing safety regulations for the trucking industry. The FMCSA aims to make the road a safer place by reducing the number of truck and bus accidents and injuries. One of the FMCSA’s responsibilities, in conjunction with the DOT, is the management of drug and alcohol testing standards. The DOT and FMCSA require pre-employment, random, and other drug tests for all CDL (commercial driver’s license) drivers. These rules affect CDL drivers and their employers.

What Is a FMCSA Drug Testing Consortium?

An FMCSA drug testing consortium is a third-party consortium or administrator that manages an employer’s required DOT drug and alcohol tests. An FMCSA drug testing consortium is responsible for knowing all the DOT and FMCSA drug and alcohol testing rules and regulations and for keeping employers compliant with them.

Who Is Required To Join an FMCSA Drug Testing Consortium?

So, are CDL drivers and their employers required to join an FMCSA drug testing consortium? It depends on the situation. If an employer employs more than one CDL driver, that employer is allowed to manage the company’s DOT drug and alcohol testing independently. If a company employs only a single employee who qualifies for DOT drug and alcohol testing, that employee must be registered with a consortium to comply with DOT random drug and alcohol testing standards.

Even if an employer is not required to join a DOT drug testing consortium, joining one can still be extremely beneficial to the employer and its employees. Labwork USA’s DOT drug testing consortium has proven experience in managing DOT drug and alcohol tests. Register now to gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your employees are complying with all FMCSA and DOT drug and alcohol testing standards.

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