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Guidance on Drug/Alcohol Testing Disruptions


FMCSA also issued guidance this week to help companies deal with disruptions to federal requirements for drug and alcohol testing.  There have been instances in which companies have been unable to conduct drug and alcohol training or testing due to COVID-19-related supply shortages, facility closures, state or locally imposed quarantine requirements or other impediments.


The new guidance states:  “If, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 national emergency, you are unable to perform random selections and tests sufficient to meet the random testing rate for a given testing period in order to achieve the required 50% rate for drug testing, and 10% for alcohol testing, you should make up the tests by the end of the year. You should document in writing the specific reasons why you were unable to conduct tests on drivers randomly selected, and any actions taken to locate an alternative collection site or other testing resources.”


FMSCA Testing Disruptions

USDOT Guidance on Testing Compliance