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Non-DOT Urine Drug Testing

Drug tests are a common practice for employers in the U.S., often a requirement prior to or during employment. Many employees tend to ask their employees to undergo drug tests, either on a randomized or regular basis. This helps ensure that no employee addicted or is under the influence of substances and alcohol in the workplace.

Drug testing is a mandate for certain professions that require a high safety standard. These include construction, transport or delivery, and others. that involves concentration and utmost precision. Routine drug testing discourages employees from abusing substances for the fear of job termination due to a positive lab result. This is why drug tests are conducted to prevent any safety issues in the workplace due to substance abuse. DOT drug tests are mandatory drug screenings conducted by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and do not apply to all kinds of jobs. Non-DOT drug testing is one that is not regulated by the DOT.

What is Non-DOT Panel Testing?

If you are working in a sector that isn’t governed by the Department of Transportation, then you may be requested to undergo Non-DOT drug testing. While DOT drug tests look for five particular drugs namely, Cannabis, PCP, Cocaine, Opioids and Amphetamines, Non-DOT tests can look for any drug group.

Non-DOT panel testing is less strict than DOT drug tests, but they still have to adhere to several legal guidelines. For instance, employers need to notify employees prior to their application and will need them to sign a consent form. Employers are also required to offer a copy of the lab results to their employees.

Even though Non-DOT drug testing is not strictly regulated by a governing body, it is still one of the best ways to maintain a professional standard and workplace integrity.

What to expect in a Non-DOT Drug Test?

Non-regulated or non-DOT drug screening is a test that determines the presence of drugs in your system. It is not only used for detecting any illegal or recreational drugs, but also for prescription medications. The results acquired by non-DOT drug tests can help determine if one is abusing substances or using them for recreational purposes. There are several types of non-DOT drug tests, with urine tests being the most common.

It is important to note that prescription drugs can result in false positives on any non-DOT drug test. If you are on prescribed medication, the first thing you should do is inform your doctor, employer or the one taking the test. Non-DOT drug tests are accurate most of the time, but not always reliable. Drug tests can be requested by employers for the following reasons:-

  • To check for recent drug use
  • To check if you are abusing substances
  • To check if you are on prescribed medication
  • To check if you are using or abusing illegal drugs

Urine Specimen Collection

Urine tests are the most common drug tests conducted for both DOT and non-DOT drug screenings. Employees are required to provide a urine sample which will be taken to a lab for testing for any trace of drugs. Each drug has a separate window of detection and needs to be analyzed closely. One major disadvantage of taking urine tests is the possibility of being tampered with or even completely replaced. Detection windows can also be an issue especially if the test is not done in the right time frame.