DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis Or Hair Follicle?

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Anchorman's Comment
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Your body naturally produces melatonin in the pineal gland.

Steven W.'s Comment
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Question: Was a casual smoker (cpl times a month) up until two years ago at which time I quit. My hair is long and am not worried about any testing of 1 1/2 inches of hair, but if it is longer will they test for longer or just the standard 1 1/2 inches? Yes, I know I can simply cut it, but do not want to do so if the standard 1 1/2 inches is all that will be done.

Shawn 's Comment
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Question: Was a casual smoker (cpl times a month) up until two years ago at which time I quit. My hair is long and am not worried about any testing of 1 1/2 inches of hair, but if it is longer will they test for longer or just the standard 1 1/2 inches? Yes, I know I can simply cut it, but do not want to do so if the standard 1 1/2 inches is all that will be done.

If you have been clean for two years plus, I would not worry about it. From what I understand they can only test back for six months. I'm sure someone else will chime in.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Question: Was a casual smoker (cpl times a month) up until two years ago at which time I quit. My hair is long and am not worried about any testing of 1 1/2 inches of hair, but if it is longer will they test for longer or just the standard 1 1/2 inches? Yes, I know I can simply cut it, but do not want to do so if the standard 1 1/2 inches is all that will be done.

"Technically" - they're only supposed to use the first 1.5", from the follicle OUT.

If your hair is "hippy long" - you might want to consider a trim.

Hair typically grows 6" per year, if that's any indication of how long your hair is - versus how long a substance might still be on your hair.

Another thing to note is: the new DOT medical long forms, asks if you "have used any illicit substances in the last 2 years". To which you could honestly answer yes, if you've been clean for two years.

All in all - don't think you're going to have an issue.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Ed P.'s Comment
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Hey folks, got a question here. I applied for a dock worker position years ago and had a urine test come back inconclusive, they had me take it again and I'm assuming it was inconclusive again but they rejected my employment shortly after and I never heard why. Present day I'm considering leaving my current job and getting my cdl so I can start driving but I'm worried I might be black listed by the dot or something. What do you guys think? Do you know if there is a way to find out if you're barred from employment? Did I "fail" or was the company required to tell me I failed? I'd hate to quit my job and find out I can't drive a truck...

Thanks in advance

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Ed, according to the law, you are supposed to be informed if you failed. And if I understand the regulations properly, you should have been notified by the lab itself if you failed.

Ed P.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply! It was so long ago Im worried maybe they sent something and I never read it. I do remember getting an email from the company denying me the position but if a lab sent me something after that its possible I may have ignored it. At any rate, I requested a copy of my DAC report to be sure. I read a lot online that if you fail while employed you need to see a SAP. If you fail a pre-screen test do you need to see one? And are you never gonna get your cdl and a job if you failed

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Joe W. ( aka hharleywood)'s Comment
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As of today, we had a TMC recruiter come to the school. He told us that they pee only, they will not cut any hair.

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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XPO does hair follicle testing.

Bob S.'s Comment
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Anyone with recent experience with Boyd Bros? Do they do hair or urine test?

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