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D.O.T. Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements for Cotton Gins

Roger A. Isom


Effective January 1, 1996 the United States Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requires drug and alcohol testing of all commercial motor vehicle drivers. These requirements stemmed from the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. This Act requires pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion testing of all employees who possess a commercial drivers license. The Act sets forth requirements for prohibitions for the use of alcohol and drugs, specifies the types of tests required and the associated procedures, and sets forth recordkeeping and training requirements. Cotton gins that have employees that are required to have a commercial drivers license to drive commercial motor vehicles for their cotton gins are required to comply with this regulation.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 578 - 580
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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