Recommendations for FMCSA Regulated Employers.
If COVID-19 disrupts your normal testing, and you are not able to meet your required testing rate, you must document your specific reasons and make up the missing tests by the end of the year.
If you are unable to test a prospective employee, you cannot allow that employee to perform DOT safety-sensitive functions.
If, due to COVID-19 disruptions, you are not able to administer an alcohol test within 8 hours, or a controlled substance test within 32 hours, you are required to document the specific reasons why testing couldn’t be performed.
Reasonable Suspicion Test
If testing is not available, due to COVID-19 disruptions, you should document in writing the specific reasons, including efforts to mitigate the effect of the disruption, such as seeking alternative collection sites. Included with this should be the reasons for observations leading to the need for testing.
Return to Duty Testing
You must not allow a driver to return to duty until the RTD test is conducted with a negative result.