Random Drug Testing
Random drug testing is a proven way to deter employee drug use. Whether you are required by the DOT to have a federally compliant drug testing program, or have a drug free workplace, you’ve come to the right place. Alliance 2020 has been managing effective random drug testing programs for over 15 years.
Employees could pass a pre-employment screening, but start using drugs once they are safely hired. If you want to maintain a drug free workplace, it’s critical to periodically test your employees for drugs.
Random drug testing is a convenient and sometimes required way to maintain the safest, most efficient employees after their initial hire.
If You Require a DOT Drug Testing Program
We’ll act as your consultant and liaison to ensure your program remains compliant with DOT drug testing regulations. We establish an individual random drug testing consortium for each DOT agency, and we monitor them year-round. You will be assigned a program administrator who will work with you to update your employee list, establish the required MIS reports, and answer your program-related questions.
If You Want a Drug Free Workplace
Random drug testing is a great way to help prevent workplace drug abuse. In fact, not that many employees need to be tested to significantly reduce drug usage.
Once employees learn they are subject to random drug testing, you should notice an immediate difference. After a couple of people are selected for testing, drug use will almost surely decrease.
How Random Drug Testing Works
Send us a list of your employees who are subject to testing. If you are DOT regulated, let us know what operating agency you fall under and we’ll handle the rest. If you are not federally mandated, let us know how many employees you want tested, and how often you want them tested. We use our random selection technology to eliminate bias and provide accurate random selections.
As your third-party administrator, Alliance 2020 will review your current random management program and implement changes that help streamline it.
It is important that the policies and procedures you have in place are not only in compliance, but are also efficient. A properly managed drug-testing program can reduce liability for both your company and employees. We can provide a complimentary audit of your current drug testing program and identify areas of improvement.
Alliance 2020 offers significant advantages over other TPAs. We have an expansive network of more than 10,000 collection sites, allowing for easier scheduling. Our customer service support team is based in Renton, WA and always available to answer questions. Alliance 2020 is a partner you can trust for your random drug testing program.
What Is a TPA & What Does It Do?
A TPA is a Third Party Administrator. In regards to substance abuse testing, the employer is the 1st party. The 2nd party could be the employee, collection site, lab, MRO, DOT Auditor, other employers, etc. Therefore, the TPA is the 3rd party.
Generally, a TPA provides specific knowledge and experience to assist employers; helping them to ensure their drug testing program is in compliance. By reviewing your program, a TPA can assist you in ensuring that it meets DOT requirements and is running efficiently.
So… What Can’t a TPA Do?
Under DOT regulations, a TPA can’t actually “administer” certain aspects of your substance abuse program. For example: making a reasonable suspicion determination, receiving test results from the MRO, removing an employee from their duties, etc.
The employer is directly responsible for those. However, a TPA can consult with you, provide advice, review relevant regulations with you, and make your job much, much easier.
What Does Alliance 2020 Do?
Alliance 2020 can manage your DOT regulated drug testing program for you. We will provide training to show you how to order and navigate our system. We make it easy for employees and supervisors to understand all policies and procedures regarding your drug testing program.
Recordkeeping, quality control, and compliance issues are just a few areas we will cover with you. Random testing programs may be implemented to help your company remain a drug-free environment.
Annual Random Controlled Substances Testing Percentage Rate for Calendar Year 2020
Effective January 1, 2020, the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing, for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL), will be 50 percent.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may, at his or her discretion, lower the minimum annual random controlled substances testing percentage rate to 25 percent when the industry-wide random controlled substances positive rate is less than 1.0 percent for two consecutive calendar years.
In 2018, the estimated positive rate was more than the 1.0 percent. The 25 percent testing rate was maintained in order to ensure reliability of the data. At this time, the FMCSA Administrator made the decision, based on available data, to increase the required testing rate.
Alliance 2020 will be following the guidelines set forth for the above mentioned random programs.