As the spread of COVID-19 continues to affect our businesses, jobs, and daily lives, DISA Global Solutions is closely monitoring the situation and ensuring that our customers receive the most up-to-date and accurate information as it becomes available. Despite the situation, safety is paramount, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued guidance for employers to continue drug and alcohol testing to meet compliance standards.
With widespread concerns about COVID-19 and the public health, the DOT has provided guidelines to clarify testing requirements and expectations. As outlined by the DOT, the guidance states the following expectations for DOT-regulated employers, employees, and state agencies:
Although we are facing challenging times, safety is still the utmost priority. As many of our customers must comply with DOT drug and alcohol testing requirements, DISA has spent significant time and effort reworking our collection site processes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for our customers. DISA has further implemented safety procedures to enhance the overall experience for our donors during this time. As of March 18, DISA collection sites:
DISA offers a large fleet of mobile units and collectors if you prefer on-site collections to come to your location. By utilizing on-site testing, not only will you be reducing downtime by keeping your employees in the field working, but it can offer a more controlled environment with fewer donors in one spot to enhance social distancing practices. COVID-19 has caused a lot of companies to change their standard practices and adhere to new ways of doing things, one of which is DOT drug and alcohol drug testing. By choosing DISA’s mobile options, you’re providing your employees with a much safer, cleaner, and private means of testing.
While some companies might be trying to reduce or slow testing, the DOT and DISA are ensuring that adequate safety standards are met while the transportation industry continues to operate efficiently during this national emergency. The cost of a single incident still greatly outweighs the cost of continuing to implement a strong employee screening program. Increased costs due to employee drug use and abuse include:
Safety-sensitive industries have higher occurrences of both fatal and nonfatal accidents and industries. The trucking industry alone has experienced a 40% higher rate of nonfatal occupational injuries in 2016 than the total employees in all industries across the U.S. While employees are out on the roads ensuring that COVID-19 supplies and necessities are being delivered, it’s vital that employers maintain compliance standards with the DOT. By committing to public safety, employers can prevent potential lawsuits, risks, fines, and fees, while also maintaining flexibility and testing adjustments during this unprecedented time.
About DISA Global Solutions
Founded in 1987, DISA is the industry-leading provider of employee screening and compliance services. Headquartered in Houston, with more than 35 offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, DISA’s comprehensive scope of services includes drug and alcohol testing, background screening, occupational health, and transportation compliance. DISA assists employers in making informed staffing decisions while building a culture of safety in their workplace.