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DOT Coronavirus Guidance for Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued guidance relating to Federal testing during the Coronavirus pandemic. The published guidance may be found here:

https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/compliance-with-dot-drug-and-alcohol-testing-regulations

Essentially, the DOT is allowing a bit of leeway to covered/regulated employers that may not be able to meet Federal drug and alcohol testing requirements according to the 49 CFR Part 40 Rules due to the strain on resources our country is currently experiencing and the unavailability of testing sites and personnel. Employers are still under obligation to thoroughly document all cases in which required testing could not be completed. Covered employers should also ensure that they follow their particular Operating Agency Rules in regards to substance abuse testing (i.e. FMCSA, FTA, FRA, etc.)

The DOT notice stated in part that they are “. . . committed to maintaining public safety while providing maximum flexibility to allow transportation industries to conduct their operations safely and efficiently during this period of national emergency.”

As a result of government and health official directives and recommendations, Certified Training Solutions is not offering live (face-to-face) training classes until further notice. However, WE ARE CONTINUING TO OFFER internet-based training courses and webcam classes for all of our course offerings. This includes breath alcohol technician (BAT) training, DOT specimen collector training and certification, supervisor reasonable suspicion training, drug-free workplace training, Designated Employer Representative (DER) training, and more.

In addition, we have expanded our offerings of Screening Test Technician (STT) training in response to more customers turning to saliva alcohol testing in lieu of breath alcohol testing due to fears of the spreading Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Our customers mean the world to us, and we are excited to continue to serve your staff’s needs through the safety of internet/online and web-based training.

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