Trucking Companies Struggle to Maintain Effective Drug Screening Programs

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Trucking Companies Struggle to Maintain Effective Drug Screening Programs

Over the last two decades, the trucking industry has experienced a distinct decline (from 19 percent to 2 percent) in lab-positive results from drug and alcohol tests—a trend no doubt introduced by federal law passed in 1991 that requires transportation companies to perform these screens on their drivers.

This downward trajectory has, however, leveled off over the past decade, and transportation companies continue to struggle with the existence and effects of substance abuse. As discussed in a new white paper from drug screening expert HireRight, trucking companies can address the challenges of drug and alcohol use via a robust approach to their testing programs.

Drug Testing Best Practices
One key strategy transportation companies can use to promote a more effective drug and alcohol program is to align their screening policies with industry best practices. These best practices include the following:

  • Establish a written U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)-compliant policy on the misuse of alcohol and use of controlled substances
  • Address prescription medicines in the policy
  • Include hair testing in screening programs
  • Document the screening process
  • Utilize a medical review officer (MRO) in your screening program
  • Notify insurance providers
  • Coordinate drug screening with the medical examination where possible
  • Partner with a qualified third-party drug screening provider

Drug Screening Providers
For small and mid-size trucking companies in particular, partnering with a qualified third-party drug screening provider has several benefits. Doing so allows these companies to implement a more comprehensive and efficient program than if the trucking company were to attempt to do it on its own.

Costs are associated with the number of drivers tested, so carriers do not have to spend more than they need. Additionally, allowing experts to conduct the testing gives trucking companies more time to focus their energy on recruiting the best drivers and providing safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation services.

And utilizing a third-party drug screening provider that offers hair analysis can help trucking companies in a variety of ways, including heightening safety and productivity, lowering workers’ compensation claims and medical costs, and demonstrating a high level of return on investment (ROI).

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