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COVID-19 Updates: Department of Transportation

*Update to our March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Statement

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued guidance on drug and alcohol testing for federally regulated transportation workers. In the guidance, the DOT noted that compliance with its regulations may be challenging due to the lack of resources during this time, but that a reasonable effort to locate these resources must be made. If, after reasonable efforts, the resource cannot be located, the DOT-regulated employer must document why the test was not completed and if, under DOT requirements, testing can be conducted at a later date. If the test cannot be completed or conducted at another time, the prospective or current employee may not perform any safety-sensitive functions.

The DOT also suggests sensitivity among employers regarding employees who are not comfortable being tested, given the unprecedented nature of our situation. It also requests employers to keep communication open with service agents to ensure their availability.

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