The Department of Transportation and the Department of Defense requires federal government pre-employment drug testing. These agencies have the highest requirements for their employees, and pre-employment drug testing is mandatory for all government employees.
The DOT also requires the drug testing process to be completed before the employee begins work. The drug testing process has to be done very carefully, and the agencies have to follow the regulations and policies that the Federal Government sets.
Below are the two most common types of drug tests used by the federal government:
DOT Drug Tests
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug and Alcohol Testing Program is responsible for testing employees who work for the federal government. These employees fall under the Department of Transportation (DOT) jurisdiction.
The DOT drug testing program is a drug testing/screening program for employees who are or will be performing safety-sensitive functions. The primary goal of the DOT drug and alcohol testing program is to ensure that the safety of the American public is protected.
Non-DOT Drug Tests
A Non-DOT drug test is a drug test given to a worker in an industry that’s not regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Each individual employer dictates non-DOT drug tests. The employer decides how to manage and run its drug testing program based on its needs. Established companies have this defined in their drug testing policy. The timing and frequency are the employers’ choice, as is the type of testing. They could choose to test urine, oral fluid, hair, or a combination of the three after taking into account applicable legal regulations and considerations.