What Happens If I Fail The Hair Test?

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Belluavir's Comment
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It has been more than three months since I've used any drugs (4 or 5). I really want to go to Roehl and haul flatbed, however they do both the DOT UA and hair follicle tests. I'll pass the UA no problem but I'm worried about the hair test. If I fail it, would I be able to go over to another company or would I just be done at that point?

My second choice is Earl Henderson, they only do UA but specialize in reefer , which would be a little disappointing...

I want to ship out early February so that will be another month down, I'm tempted to risk it but I'm worried about ending up completely screwed having quit both my jobs.

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.

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.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

PJ's Comment
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Great Answer!

My first thought is I'm glad you cleaned up. Congrsts on that. Now the test. They will want about a 1 1/2 inch sample if possible. For most street drugs that are used recreationally that equals approx. 90 days. If you were a heavier user than it can go out to 120 days or even longer. I have no idea what you were using or how much, none of my business. What I will say is you need to stay totally clean because you can be randomly choosen at any time. More importantly is there is no room in this business for that type of behavior. The risk is too big all the way around. If you pop hot Roehl will report it as they are sending you home and this career choice is done for you. I would find a testing facility close to you and go pay for my own test.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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This may sound extreme, but depending on when you go to training, you can do one oif two things.

1. Be up front and honest with them, so it won't be a surprise if the hair test reveals something.

Or

2. Shave ALL your hair, every bit, head to toe, so when it grows back it will be "clean" when you go to training.

However, all hair grows, and falls out, then regrows, and after a certain amount of time you should be fine. How long? I have no clue, but it may be best to find out, and then just wait it out.

PJ's Comment
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Great Answer!

My first thought is I'm glad you cleaned up. Congrsts on that. Now the test. They will want about a 1 1/2 inch sample if possible. For most street drugs that are used recreationally that equals approx. 90 days. If you were a heavier user than it can go out to 120 days or even longer. I have no idea what you were using or how much, none of my business. What I will say is you need to stay totally clean because you can be randomly choosen at any time. More importantly is there is no room in this business for that type of behavior. The risk is too big all the way around. If you pop hot Roehl will report it as they are sending you home and this career choice is done for you. I would find a testing facility close to you and go pay for my own test.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

SamTon's Comment
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In the phone interview I just had she causally says how long has it been since you smoked dope. I don't was my answer. If you want to drive a truck don't do drugs. Don't do them anyway. Stupid people do drugs.trucks are dangerous stay away from them if you do them. Report me to Brett if you want

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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In the phone interview I just had she causally says how long has it been since you smoked dope. I don't was my answer. If you want to drive a truck don't do drugs. Don't do them anyway. Stupid people do drugs.trucks are dangerous stay away from them if you do them. Report me to Brett if you want

Nothing reportable about that at all, imo.

Big Rigs, and drugs of any kind, even if you are "Legal," do NOT mix. The Federal government regulates the trucking industry, and as far as they are concerned, the green stuff is still illegal, so keep that in mind, if you are tempted in any way. One failed test, and you are done.

Stay safe

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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You couldn't find someone more anti-drugs than me if you tried, including weed. I'd still be careful to call someone "stupid" because they consumed it. I know some people VERY close to me who have done drugs most of their lives, or just tried it once or twice. They are/were far from stupid. Is it a "stupid habit" or a "stupid choice".....yes. There's a difference. Carry on....

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

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