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DOT-Regulated Employers

Drug and alcohol testing for DOT Regulated Employers

Workers hired by Canadian companies for cross-border commercial transport to the U.S. must be tested for drugs and alcohol for vehicle type and size and for safety sensitive duties as defined in U.S. DOT regulations. Certain railway workers, pipeline workers, aviation workers, and marine industry workers may also be subject to DOT testing. If your testing is not in accordance with the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations, you not only increase the risk of accidents, you also risk a hefty fine and/or other potential penalties or sanctions. For example, refusing to comply with regulations could prevent you from doing business in the U.S.

We help ensure compliance

We help make sure your alcohol and drug testing program meets or exceeds DOT regulations, and we manage the entire testing process for you.


Policy development
Sifting through lengthy Canadian and U.S. regulations and complex testing requirements is time consuming and difficult. We can guide you through the process and provide you with a policy that protects your workers and your company.

Supervisor training
Provided online or in-person, with a focus on:

  • The employer’s Alcohol and Drug/Fitness for Duty Workplace Policy
  • Supervisor legal obligations
  • Responsibilities as outlined in the policy
  • Intervention and referral to assistance services
  • Protecting confidentiality
  • Continued supervision
  • Overcoming “enabling” and other supervisor traps
  • Properly investigating unfit for work situations (reasonable cause, post-accident)
  • Making referrals for alcohol and drug testing as required in a reasonable cause or post-accident situation
Employee education
Provided online or in-person, with a focus on:

  • The employer’s Alcohol and Drug/Fitness for Duty Workplace Policy
  • Responsibilities as outlined in the policy
  • How to access employee assistance services
  • Drug and alcohol testing processes and procedures
  • The Medical Review Officer interview process
  • How to access Substance Abuse Professional services
Consortial services
DriverCheck provides your company with a variety of comprehensive testing management services, all of which are covered by your consortial fee:

  • Random selections
  • Maintenance of driver lists
  • Nationwide network of collection sites
  • Blind sample submissions required by the DOT to ensure quality control
  • Semi-annual laboratory statistical reports as required by the DOT
  • Assistance with DOT audits and MIS reports
  • Pre-employment exemption and previous employer information
  • Access to testing capabilities in the U.S.
Alcohol and drug testing
Drug panels

We provide lab-based urine testing for the DOT-required 5-panel, which tests for the following:

  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Opiates (codeine, morphine, heroin)
  • Amphetamines (amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy – MDMA, MDA, MDEA)
You can book through live agents by phone during regular business hours. We’re also available 24/7 for after-hours and emergency testing. Or you can book online and we’ll call you back or e-mail an appointment time and location.

You have access to over 700 testing facilities nationwide and 8,800 in the U.S. Mobile testing is also available across Canada. Only certified and experienced technicians perform our collections and testing. They are extensively trained on how to secure a site, maintain confidentiality, and prevent sample tampering.

Laboratory analysis
All laboratories we use are certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Test results delivery
You get secure 24/7 online access to test results and e-mail notification once results are verified and available for viewing. You can also receive results by telephone, encrypted e-mail or confidential fax. Typical turnaround times are:

  • 1 hour for breath alcohol tests or saliva alcohol screening performed at DriverCheck-owned clinics
  • 1 hour from the time we receive the result for breath alcohol tests or saliva alcohol screening performed at clinics that are not owned by DriverCheck
  • 18-24 hour turnaround for negative lab-based drug tests
  • 48-72 hour turnaround for positive lab-based drug results
Medical Review Officer (MRO) services
Our strong team of MRO support personnel helps process results faster, and our MROs can provide expert witness testimony if you ever need them to defend the medical integrity of your program.

Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) assessments
If you require assistance in providing SAP services, we can coordinate assessments for you through one of Canada’s premier Substance Abuse Program providers – Integrated Workplace Solutions (a division of Family Services).