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  • Writer's pictureEvelina.Petrov

Cellex D&A

Updated: Aug 12, 2022

Cellex Drug and Alcohol offers affordable random drug

and alcohol consortium programs for all size companies.

While training your drivers with us you can complete your

pre-employment drug testing as well.

When signing up with us your safety personnel will also have

access to our online supervisor's reasonable suspicion and

employee workplace substance abuse training programs.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

TPA Service

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

Post Accident Testing

Reasonable Suspicion Employee Training &









Setting-Up a Random Pool of Employees

Who gets tested? Regardless of job titles like supervisor, contractor, owner operators, etc., people are chosen for testing based on their job function (known as a safety-sensitive function)

not their occupational title. Only DOT safety sensitive employees may be part of the DOT random pool or pools.

Remember your DOT testing program must always be separate and distinct from your private company or non-DOT testing program. That goes for your random

testing pools, too. DOT and non-DOT random testing pools must be completely separate

Testing :Why are some people randomly tested more than once?

The reality is that in a truly random selection process, a high

probability exists that some employees will be selected several times

while others may never be selected. Why? Because after each

selection, the employee’s name is returned to the same pool, and he

or she becomes just as likely as anyone else to be selected next time.

How are employees notified to report for a test? Every employee

should be discreetly notified according to your company’s policy,

but random testing must also be conducted in strict confidence

with a limited number of people having knowledge of the selection

list. Why? Because it helps maintain the element of surprise.

What happens if a selected employee is not available for testing?

Employers need to have policies in place about what to do when

employees are unavailable for testing.

Best Practices: · If an employee selected for testing is known to be

unavailable during the selection cycle (legitimate extended absence,

long-term illness, etc.), document the reason and make-up the rate

shortfall by making another selection, or make an extra selection

during the next selection cycle.

· No employee should be excused from testing because of

operational difficulties.

Maintaining and Evaluating Your Random Program

It is the best practice for an employer to document everything on

the entire random testing process. This includes the numbers,

names drawn, dates and times of notification, dates and times of

collections, why a selected employee was not tested during a

selection cycle, etc. If you’re not sure, document it!

What must employees do when notified of a random test?

When an employee is notified, he or she must proceed immediately

to the collection site. Contrary to the urban legends circulating

among some employees, immediately does not mean two hours.

Immediately means that after notification, all the employee’s actions

must lead to an immediate specimen collection:

Best Practice: Many employers develop random testing procedures

or policies that clearly state what activities are acceptable after

notification: for instance, which safety-sensitive duties Agency

regulations permit them to complete. If an employee is notified of a

random test while working “off site” or “on the road,” the

company’s policies should spell-out exactly what the employee must

do before resuming safety-sensitive functions. That way there is no

misunderstanding among employees about what is expected.

What’s the best tool employers have for deterring drug

and alcohol use in the workplace?

Random Testing. Why:

· Saves lives and prevents injuries.

· Helps employers identify workers with substance

abuse and facilitate their treatment.

· Allows employees to easily say no to illegal drug use,

how you ask "No, thanks. They drug test at


· Reduces employer liability.

· It is a fair way of testing.

Random testing is required for safety-sensitive employees Each DOT

Agency and the USCG has regulations that require certain employers

to implement a random testing program.

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