Post-Accident Drug Testing is performed after an employee is involved in an accident of some kind. Non-DOT employers may require employees to submit to post-accident drug tests as are stipulated by their drug testing policy. Employees that are regulated by the Department of Transportation are required to submit to a DOT Post-Accident urine drug and/or breath alcohol tests under certain circumstances. The following are the requirements as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Under DOT regulations the alcohol test should be conducted within two hours and the drug test should be conducted within 32 hours of the accident. If the alcohol test is not conducted within two hours, the employer should continue to make an effort to have the driver tested for up to eight hours. If a drug test is not conducted within 32 hours of the accident, the employer shall cease any attempt to administer a drug test. If either test is not performed in the allotted timeframe the employer should prepare and maintain a record on file stating why the test was not administered within the allotted timeframe.
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