DOT DRUG TESTING
FEDERALLY MANDATED DRUG TEST (5‐PANEL), URINE
This Federally Mandated Urine Drug Test (5‐Panel) is regulated by the government – specifically the DOT or Department of Transportation. Anyone who conducts a job that impacts their safety or those of others are considered to be ‘safety-sensitive’ employees and are subjected to testing. The test determines the presence or absence of 5 types of drugs or their metabolites, along with expanded opiates, in urine. This test is a laboratory-based test and includes a screen, confirmation, and the review of a medical officer.
WHY DO I NEED ?
A federally mandated drug test has been in effect since 1991 when the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act recognized the need for drug testing those who are employed in ‘safety-sensitive’ positions which are positions that may impact the safety of the employed individual or that of the public. Federally mandated drug tests are required for pre-employment, random testing, return-to-duty, reasonable suspicion, follow-up, or post-accident.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY LAB TEST RESULTS?
When the drug screen is performed in the laboratory, the drug screen results take 24 to 48 business hours after specimen collection. If the drug screen is non-negative, the result and specimen will then need to be confirmed. Confirmation and MRO (medical review) can take an additional 48 to 72 business hours after the screen is completed.