There are nearly 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States today. As someone who performs safety-sensitive functions in the transportation industry, you are responsible for providing a safe work environment for your co-workers and the travelling public. Part of creating a safe work environment requires following the Federal Department of Transportation's (DOT) regulatory guidelines on drug use and alcohol misuse.
Keeping it Random
The National Safety Council estimates that 59% of the fatalities caused by vehicle accidents in this country could have been prevented if those drivers were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, the DOT mandates that 50% of all drivers must be randomly tested annually for illicit drug use and 25% must be randomly tested annually for alcohol.
What are the Benefits of Drug Testing?
Drug testing for your employees is a key component of your company's risk-control plan. Benefits include:
- Increased Productivity
- Increased employee morale
- Safer work environment
- Reduced absenteeism and turnover