DOT Return to Duty

Drug and Alcohol Testing : If you ever go through the return to duty process with a driver, just realize it will take a year or more. And before it is done you will accumulate enough DOT return to duty paperwork to fill a 3-ring binder – almost an inch thick. I’m working on one right now. We had this guy make a mistake and show up positive. He did everything asked of him since then; which is the very definition of a guy that’s worth the effort. But we won’t be done until many months later. To give you all a concept of how thick it is, it’s an inch thick already, and it’s only about 2/3 of the way finished.

And, the driver is never allowed to drive a CMV legally unless he completes and has this evidence. Don’t make the mistake of thinking a guy shows you one piece of paper and he’s off the hook. The DOT return to duty process takes a long time. It creates a bunch of paperwork, of which not a piece can have any hiccups. In addition, if you decide to hire a guy that failed a drug test once even 23 years ago, he must give you this evidence, and you have to be sure it’s all compliant. If DOT return-to-duty drug and alcohol testing is a problem for you, give us a call. Want to learn more about how to pass a drug test? Go to for an essential drug test guide. Ultimately, if you are performing tasks that are safety-sensitive according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT), such as driving a truck, working on pipelines, operating a train, or even fixing a plane, then, by default, you are subject to a DOT drug test. You can find out more about drug testing, including a 10 panel drug test with easy to use platform on the Health Street website.

When a DOT employee leaves and comes back

And by the way, DOT return-to-duty tests can never be used for an employee that leaves for a few weeks and then comes back. If a driver has not been dispatched for 30 days, you take them off the random selection list. If they return, you do not use the DOT RTD test; instead, you treat them like a new employee and they complete a new pre-employment drug test. DOT Return to duty is only used when a driver has failed or refused any DOT drug or alcohol test. Then it is followed up by, you guessed it, DOT follow-up testing. And that’s how the this process creates so much paperwork.

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