Beginning your journey building a drug and alcohol testing program can be a seemingly daunting task. Navigating the nuances of compliant testing does not have to be as challenging as one may think. There are various resources to help employers build and maintain sound procedures that assist in sustaining a compliant drug and alcohol testing program. An integral component to this process is collector and BAT training. Employers’ ability to maintain knowledgeable staff is key to a successful drug and alcohol testing program. In order to accomplish this, employers must provide their employees with the tools to succeed.
The best way to keep up to date with DOT and ODAPC is to sign up for e-mail updates directly from the source. A free service provided by the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance is “ODAPC Listserve”. Registrants will automatically be notified when there are changes to the regulations, newly available resources, and Public Interest Exclusions (PIEs) are issued.
*As of 2018, signing up for Listserve is a regulatory requirement for DOT certified breath alcohol technicians and collectors (49 CFR 40.33a and 40.213a).
In general, ODAPC’s website is an excellent source for collector material. Here you can find information on:
- Drug & Alcohol Testing Workplace Materials and Videos
- Regulatory Interpretations
- Testing Rates
- Contacting ODAPC
It is also recommended that collectors regularly familiarize themselves with 49 CFR Part 40. We provide an “Ask DOTti” section on this website, where you can search within 49 CFR Part 40 for fast answers to frequently asked questions. Access Ask DOTti here.
Intoximeters currently offers in-person and online training to suit these needs. Please visit the training section of Intoximeters’ site for a complete listing of available training schedules, equipment, and other additional resources. Whether testing DOT or Non-DOT customers, DOT best practice procedures can be a helpful resource for building a defensible drug and alcohol testing program.
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