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How Do I Know if I am DOT Regulated?

Many employers may choose to conduct drug and alcohol testing on their own, but there are also countless businesses that are compelled to test by federal laws.
As we shared in our infographic on trends in employee background screening, compliance is a top concern for the majority of employers. If you’re DOT regulated, you should definitely be concerned with how your company adheres to the rules.
Wondering if DOT regulations for drug and alcohol testing pertain to you? Check out our guide below!

Does DOT Impact Me?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) sets forth very specific rules for drug and alcohol testing, including who must follow these rules, in DOT Testing Regulation 49 CFR Part 40.Airplane
If you answer YES to any of the following, then you need to make sure you are following DOT regulations per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) 49 CFR Part 382:
  • You employ individuals operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 or higher
  • You employ individuals operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle designed to transport 16 or more occupants (including the driver)
  • You employ individuals operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle of any size used to transport hazardous materials

Not Just Commercial Vehicles

However, Commercial Motor Vehicle operations aren’t the only ones covered by DOT regulations. You also need to comply with drug and alcohol testing if you employ any of the following individuals:
  • Locomotive engineers
  • Trainmen
  • Conductors
  • Switchmen
  • Locomotive helpers or hostlers
  • Utility employees
  • Signalmen
  • Operators
  • Train dispatchers
  • Flight crewmembers
  • Flight attendants
  • Flight instructors
  • Aircraft dispatchers
  • Aircraft maintenance workers
  • Ground security coordinators
  • Aviation screeners
  • Air traffic controllers
  • Operations control specialists
  • Revenue vehicle operators
  • Revenue vehicle and equipment maintenance workers
  • Revenue vehicle control or dispatchers
  • Commercial Drivers License non-revenue vehicle operators
  • Armed security guards
  • Pipeline operators
  • Pipeline maintenance workers
  • Emergency response workers for pipleines
  • Any individual on board a vessel acting under authority of a license, certificate of registry, or merchant mariner’s document.

Need DOT Compliance Help?

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North can assist your company in determining if you are covered under DOT regulations. We know all the rules and guidelines when it comes to DOT testing, and we can even provide consortium services for companies who need to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.
To learn more about our services, call (816) 527-8371 today.

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