Failed DOT Test

Failed DOT Test

Drug testing in the DOT world is serious business, and failing or refusing to take a drug test while working for a company under the department of transportation (DOT) can cause serious problems. If you fail a drug test, you must be removed from your safety-sensitive position as mandated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). There is still an opportunity for workers in this position to return to their position if they can get evaluated by a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and complete all education or treatment requirements. Once all of this is complete, the worker must be sent to complete a return to duty drug test by their current or prospective employer with negative results.
The initial DOT drug test, which is usually a urine drug screen conducted at an official DOT testing site, requires laboratory testing for the following substances: AMP-Amphetamines (MAMP-Methamphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy), COC-Cocaine, OPI-Opiates (including heroin, codeine, morphine, and expanded opiates), PCP-Phencyclidine, and THC-Marijuana.
Because the DOT’s drug and alcohol testing procedures are very extensive, it is essential for workers to know and understand all testing policies and procedures to stay in compliance while testing. One of the most common mishaps occurs when a worker refuses to submit a drug or alcohol test. A refusal to test is equivalent to testing positive on a DOT alcohol and drug test. The same consequence occurs. Therefore, it is imperative to understand all situations and circumstances that fall under the category of a refusal.
When a positive drug test is reviewed and verified, employers will receive notice from a Medical Review Officer (MRO) about their employee’s results. Once a drug test result has been reported by the MRO, this result is final. The employee will need to complete an SAP Program before they can return to duty. The rest is left to the employer to decide the next course of action regarding your employment status after completing the RTD process. In some cases, an employer may terminate your employment because some companies have a zero-tolerance policy for testing positive on a DOT drug test. If this is the case, there is no need to worry because the opportunity to work with a future employer is still available once the RTD process is complete.

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