FMCSA COVID-19 drug and alcohol testing guidance

From FMCSA.

To help ensure the safety and well-being of everyone, while also ensuring that we continue to meet our mission, we are providing the following guidance in effect until May 30, 2020 (90 days from the date proclaimed as the beginning of the national emergency in the President’s Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak), unless the national emergency is extended beyond that date.

Please click on this link to access information, provided by DOT’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy Compliance (ODAPC), about the impact of the COVID-19 national emergency on DOT drug and alcohol testing requirements for employers, employees, and service agents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations provide reasonable flexibility to motor carrier employers and their drivers subject to testing under 49 CFR part 382 to address the COVID-19 national emergency. FMCSA is aware that, as described in ODAPC’s guidance, disruptions caused by the COVID-19 national emergency are interfering with, and in some cases, may be preventing, employer and driver compliance with current drug and alcohol testing requirements. In addition to the guidance provided by ODAPC, see below for further information specifically related to FMCSA’s testing requirements.

The complete post from FMCSA, including their recommended actions for FMCSA-regulated employers unable to conduct tests, is available online.

Note to MTAC’s Fleet Screen participants

If you are a participant of MTAC’s drug and alcohol testing program which is administered by Fleet Screen, and are having problems completing tests, you need to contact Fleet Screen immediately. Fleet Screen will work with participants to ensure full compliance for members who are in the MTAC program.