Companies and owner-operators that fall under DOT and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations rely on drug testing consortiums to handle many of the administrative duties required to remain compliant. Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium (WDTC) manages the random DOT testing programs for multiple employers and owner-operators in its role as one of northeast Wisconsin’s trusted drug testing consortiums.
Drug testing consortiums such as WDTC manage all or part of the DOT-mandated drug and alcohol testing program, including the maintenance of required testing records. In the case of owner-operators and employers with a single driver, WDTC can perform a variety of employer functions with regard to DOT testing and understanding DOT drug testing cutoff levels.
Drug testing consortiums do not relieve employers of responsibility
Certified Third Party Administrators (C-TPAs) such as WDTC are responsible for knowing a litany of DOT regulations, including which tasks they may perform for an employer. However, employers are ultimately responsible for any errors resulting in civil penalty actions for noncompliance.
C-TPAs are afforded exceptions regarding owner-operators and other self-employed individuals in their role in administering drug testing consortiums. These exceptions include:
- The transmission of substance abuse professional reports;
- Reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up testing;
- Driver refusals for owner-operators and other self-employed individuals who fail to test after being schedule and notified.
WDTC has established itself as a trusted expert in DOT regulations and a leader among drug testing consortiums. For more information regarding drug testing consortiums such as WDTC, see FMCSA’s website.
About Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium
Wisconsin Drug Testing Consortium is an accredited, Certified Third Party Administrator (C-TPA), and specializes in consortium management; a variety of drug testing methods, including urine, hair and fingernails; post-accident testing; pre-employment drug tests; criminal background checks; supervisor training programs to keep employees compliant with DOT regulations; pre-employment DOT physicals; and paternity DNA testing. Headquartered in Green Bay, WDTC also has offices in Appleton, Fond du Lac and Madison, Wisconsin.
Call 888-784-8842 or visit www.widrugtesting.com for more information.
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