DOT Drug Testing: Urinalysis Or Hair Follicle?

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Joseph B.'s Comment
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I know I asked a few days ago about FFE but since there are no replies I will ask again, and will add the same question about Stevens Transport.

Those are the 2 companies I am considering right now.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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I see all of these posts about shaving your head then letting the hair grow back a bit to "remove" the traces of drugs one has taken (allegedly)smile.gif Here is the problem with that: I keep my hair short so they (Averitt) cut hair off of my chest. I asked the tech what would happen if I was completely hairless. (they will remove hair from ANY part of your body). If no hair is available, you don't continue and have to come back (if they let you) with hair. There is really no way to get around it, just through it, by not doing drugs for at least 90 days.

Jason C. aka Pirate Truck's Comment
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So what's the list up to? Just curious.

Woody's Comment
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Atleast 1.5 inches

ReallY?

This could be a problem for me, I always keep my hair VERY short. In fact I just got a hair cut yesterday and they use a 2 on the clippers.

I am in no danger what so ever as far as drug testing, but if my hair has to be 1.5 inches that could set me back a bit. Im due to go to drivers school in a couple weeks.

Starcar's Comment
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No worries, Darren....they will find...uhhh..."other places" to get hairs that are 1.5 inches long..Good luck !!!!

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Atleast 1.5 inches

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ReallY?

This could be a problem for me, I always keep my hair VERY short. In fact I just got a hair cut yesterday and they use a 2 on the clippers.

I am in no danger what so ever as far as drug testing, but if my hair has to be 1.5 inches that could set me back a bit. Im due to go to drivers school in a couple weeks.

1.5 inches long! wtf.gif

My hair hasn't been that long in 10 years. I also use a 2 when I get hair cuts. Just enough hair to not be bald. But just enough hair to look like a badas$.

Gregory P.'s Comment
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I was looking into some of this and saw that wal-mart and wal-greens have a hair test kit. It is around 90 dollars but may be worth it. Read some reviews some good some bad. They say it is very confidential. Could help ease a lot of worry. Check it out.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I was looking into some of this and saw that wal-mart and wal-greens have a hair test kit. It is around 90 dollars but may be worth it. Read some reviews some good some bad. They say it is very confidential. Could help ease a lot of worry. Check it out.

Yeah people could do that OR just not use drug. If some one has a legitimate reason to take a drug and you have a script from a doctor then there is no worry.

But if all you did while on unemployment was smoke weed then you have no one to blame but yourself.

Sarah M.'s Comment
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I don't know if this will help or just frustrate some of you.

My son has been clean for about 90 days before he went in for training. His UA tests were clean, but he was just disqualified from CR England because he was required to submit a hair sample. IF he had shaved his head when he quit all his partying he may have had enough hair (1.5 inches) to pass the test, but he didn't cut his hair and they had access to all that information.

BTW. If you go to CR England, the hair samples are done randomly. Not everyone gets tested, so you have a chance of making it through. But how disappointed will you be when you are doing a stellar job and have passed all the tests, built relationships with all the instructors and comraderie with your fellow students...and are being booted out because you lied about not having used drugs in the last 12 months.

It's a hard lesson to learn. For many of the things you want out of life, you really do have to live up to societies standards and driving an 80,000 vehicle that can easily crush everyone around you is a huge responsibility, so everyone (the company and it's insurance company) require you to be clean and responsible because they need the loads delivered so they can make money and they need any accidents to not be the fault of their drivers - because it's expensive or impossible to find insurance if you have a reputation for having bad drivers or drivers who use drugs.

IF driving is what you truly want. Shave your head, plan to stay clean until you retire, and do something else until your hair grows out again...

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Highway Grunt0311's Comment
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Melton Truck Lines, They do the DOT required Urine test, They also do the Hair follicle. It isn't required by DOT it's purely for there sake. They go back 7 months.

It's sort of "is this person a liability to us" test.

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.

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