Pre-employment background and drug screening checks serve as a first line of defense to help protect your company from potential litigation, fraud, theft and workplace violence. HireRight is committed to helping you ensure that all applicants from conductors and mechanics, to traffic controllers and office personnel possess the skills and certifications he or she claims.

HireRight can customize screening packages based on best practices for the rail industry that meet your budget, regulatory compliance requirements and level of risk tolerance. We recommend the following set of core screening services for your safety and non-safety sensitive positions. Additional products are available for a more in-depth background screen. Please contact us to discuss our full line of product offerings.

Safety Sensitive Positions

Driving records provide state DMV-reported information on the applicant’s driver’s license, license class and type, endorsements, restrictions, driving violations, suspensions and DUIs when available.
Verify driver’s license information about applicants who have had their license revoked or suspended, or who have been convicted of serious traffic violations, such as driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
An applicant’s previous work history is verified by directly contacting former employers or their authorized agents to obtain dates of employment, position, reasons for leaving, rehire eligibility and salary history.
Obtain drug and alcohol testing records from DOT-regulated employers who have employed the applicant during the previous two years. This service facilitates compliance with DOT Regulation 49 CFR Part 40, Section 40.25.
A wider search is performed by investigating additional sources to locate criminal records in jurisdictions beyond applicant’s known address history and stated work locations. No records or information are reported from Widescreen Plus sources. Widescreen Plus is used only to identify additional jurisdictions to search.
County criminal court records are searched to identify whether an applicant has a criminal record history in the jurisdictions corresponding to their address history.
Tests for the presence of illicit substances using a five-panel DOT-compliant drug test and Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF). Pre-Employment, post-accident, random, reasonable suspicion, follow-up and return-to-duty testing is available.
Check for the presence of alcohol to determine potential alcohol use. HireRight offers several alcohol test methods such as breath, saliva and blood tests.
The standard exam includes a complete physical exam result report that contains exam details such as physical expiration date, physical type and certification status, plus an image of the original Medical Examination Reports for each completed result. The premier exam contains all of the above, including a compliance review by a medical professional who will screen the DOT report for completeness and compliance with federal regulations.

Non-Safety Sensitive Positions

Driving records provide state DMV-reported information on the applicant’s driver’s license, license class and type, endorsements, restrictions, driving violations, suspensions and DUIs when available.
An applicant’s previous work history is verified by directly contacting former employers or their authorized agents to obtain dates of employment, position, reasons for leaving, rehire eligibility and salary history.
Searches are performed with higher education institutions or their authorized agents to validate the applicant’s receipt of degrees, certificates and/or diplomas.
Verifies an applicant’s license with the issuing authority, reveals disciplinary actions, renewal and expiration dates.
Interviews are conducted with an applicant’s former colleague or co-worker to gain greater insight into their professional background.
A wider search is performed by investigating additional sources to locate criminal records in jurisdictions beyond applicant’s known address history and stated work locations. No records or information are reported from Widescreen Plus sources. Widescreen Plus is used only to identify additional jurisdictions to search.
County criminal court records are searched to identify whether an applicant has a criminal record history in the jurisdictions corresponding to their address history.
Streamlines the Department of Homeland Security’s employment eligibility process by using electronic I-9 forms and quickly determines an applicant’s work eligibility status using the E-Verify system (if enrolled).
Tests for the presence of illicit drug use and provides the option of multiple panels and lab-based or instant tests to fit an employer’s needs.
Check for the presence of alcohol to determine potential alcohol use. HireRight offers several alcohol test methods such as breath, saliva and blood tests.