The US Government has implemented rules that require mandatory drug testing and alcohol testing of all employees who work in safety related positions within the transportation industry. The rules apply to trucking, railroad, pipeline aviation and other related businesses and, with few exceptions, require all workers to be tested.
The position that you are being considered for falls under these rules. Before you can be hired and start working, you must be given a pre-employment drug test. This test will be conducted at a third-party collecting site where you will provide an urine specimen. From there the specimen will be sent to an US Department of of Health and Human Services approved laboratory where it will be tested for five specific drugs of abuse, (marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines/methamphetamines and phencyclidine [PCP].) The results of this test will be reviewed by a physician and reported back to our company.
If the results of your test are negative, your application for employment will be given further consideration. If the test results are positive for any of the drugs, we will not be able to hire you.
There are several things you should know:
1. This is a mandatory requirement and all persons being considered for similar positions must be tested.
2. The collection and testing of your urine specimen is conducted under extremely ridged guidelines established and monitored by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
3. The test results will be reviewed by a qualified physician (Medical Review Officer) who, in the case of a positive result, will personally contact you to ensure there is no legitimate medical reason for the test result.
4. The results of your test will be maintained in strict confidence. We do not release either positive or negative results to other businesses or to government agencies unless required by law. The one exception to this rule is for pilots where the Medical Review Officer is required by the FAA to report positive results to the FAA Flight Surgeon.
5. If hired, you will be subject to drug, and in some cases, alcohol testing throughout your employment with our company. The various types of tests and when they will be administered are random and selected by a neutral third-party.
6. Employees who are subjected to a drug and alcohol test will be given access, upon written request, to any records relating to their tests and any records in relation to the results of any laboratory certification, review or revocation-of-certification proceedings.
We are also required to ask the following questions.