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Attention Owner-Operators Salter’s Safety Assistance has a deal for you!
Did you know owner-operators have two important steps that must be taken to comply with the DOT FMCSA regulations for drug and alcohol testing?
1. A pre-employment drug test with a negative result must be completed before operating a DOT covered commercial motor vehicle (CMV)
2. You must enroll in a random testing consortium. Owner-operators are not permitted to manage random testing themselves
All new owner-operators, are subjected to a DOT FMCSA safety audit, called a new entrant examination – Salter’s Safety Assistance can help with these too, within 12 months after beginning operation. Audits and compliance reviews include, but are not limited to, verification of your DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program. A new entrant (new owner-operator) will automatically fail the safety audit for violations related to:
• Owner-operator not enrolled in a consortium program for random drug and alcohol testing
• No alcohol and/or drug testing program
• Using a driver who refused a required alcohol or drug test
• Using a driver the company knows had a blood alcohol content of 0.04 or greater
• Using a driver who failed to complete required follow-up procedures after testing positive for drugs
So, remember if you are an owner-operator, you are required to be enrolled in a consortium random drug testing program. Save money and time and avoid fines and out-of-service violations by contacting Salter’s Safety Assistance and enrolling in one of our Drug & Alcohol Programs.