DOT Compliance

Government-mandated drug and alcohol tests might seem like a hassle to your trucking business. Whether you run a commercial trucking company or are an independent owner/operator, you'll have to follow the Department of Transportation's (DOT) drug and alcohol testing requirements, taking you and your drivers off the road. But those "annoying" test are actually a good thing for your business. Don't believe us? Well, the experts at Consortium Pool are here to run through just some of the benefits of drug and alcohol testing for truck drivers. Drug & Alcohol Tests Keep The Roads Safe This should go without saying, but as a...

As part of its Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant drug and alcohol testing services, Consortium Pool utilizes breath alcohol testing to ensure that truck drivers and CDL licensed employees are not abusing alcohol while on the job. But how accurate are these alcohol tests? And are they even accurate when measuring alcohol consumption? If you're curious about the ins-and-outs of breath alcohol testing, you're in luck, because the experts at Consortium Pool are here to answer some frequently asked questions, showing you why breath alcohol tests are a vital part of any truck driving career. What Is A Breath Alcohol Test? A breath...

Donald Trump has been President of the United States for just over a month, promising plenty of improvements to the nation's economy and industry along the way. It remains to be seen if Trump's promises will have an impact on the trucking industry, but Chris Spear, the President and CEO of the American Trucking Associations (ATA), believes they will. During his opening address at the Omnitracs Outlook 2017 conference, Spear expressed a positive outlook on President Trump, telling the audience that the new administrations will ultimately usher in new improvements to for the industry as a whole. For an inside look at...

As part of its DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing services, Consortium Pool implements hair follicle drug testing to ensure your truck drivers and CDL licensed employees aren't using drugs while on the job. But how can hair be tested for drugs? And are those drug tests actually effective? Luckily, the experts at Consortium Pool are here to answer all your questions on hair follicle drug testing for truckers. Read on for our helpful guide on the ins-and-outs of hair drug testing. How Does Hair Follicle Drug Testing Work? Hair follicle drug testing is as simple as it sounds. Your drug testing lab...

Becoming a truck driver is a great career move, providing stable work with great wages. But you can't just hop in a truck and start driving. You'll need to complete requisite training and be prepared for required drug and alcohol tests based on standards from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Department of Transportation's required drug and alcohol tests might seem annoying, but they ensure that the trucking industry remains safe for drivers, employers, and civilians on the roads. Consortium Pool, one of the nation's leading drug and alcohol testing consortiums, helps commercial trucking companies and self-owned and operated truckers...

DOT physical health tests exist because truck drivers need to have excellent health for their position. All the time spent seated and driving poses certain health risks and trucking employees need to be examined and deemed healthy enough to take on these risks before being allowed behind the wheel. To ensure safety for everyone on the road and to reduce health issues related to sitting and driving for long periods of time, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all drivers pass a DOT medical exam before being given a CDL. If you are preparing to take your physical...

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, women are the fastest growing demographic of substance abusers in the U.S.  Nearly 4.5 million women aged 12 and older suffer from a substance use disorder in the country, with 3.5 million women misusing prescription drugs and 3.1 million misusing illegal drugs. Men still continue to outnumber women in the amount of overall substance abuse cases, but women are increasing in numbers and are becoming less and less behind. More education on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as well as consistent, comprehensive drug testing in the workplace are two...

There is a major epidemic of prescription opioid use in America. According to the CDC, more than 14,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2014. And the majority of deaths were from prescription opioids. Responding to data that has found that enough prescription painkillers were prescribed to medicate every American adult every four hours for one month in 2010, it’s safe to say that opioids are being drastically over-prescribed. Why Are Opioid Painkillers Dangerous? The main reason why opioids are dangerous is that they are overprescribed, making it easy for people to abuse them and get a hold of them from family...

The Summer 2016 Olympic games have just begun and athletes are proving their abilities and countless hours of training. Some world records will be broken and new ones will be set. And while we are all proud of our competing country and representative athletes, we also want to see fair and just sportsmanship and competition. Without the use of drugs, that is. Performance-enhancing substances have been used in the Olympics since the 700s B.C. when the first game was hosted and has since been a struggle to control. Drug testing plays a pivotal role in ensuring a level playing field for...

If you’re in a career where drug testing is a common occurrence, such as the transportation industry, then you have heard of reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. For all employees who operate heavy machinery, drive commercial trucks or limousines for clients, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issues the right for employers to conduct reasonable suspicion testing. But what determines a suspicion as being reasonable? Is Reasonable Drug Testing Legal in the Workplace? Just as employers have the right to drug test employees before being hired, they can test current employees for drug use if there is a reasonable suspicion. What Makes a...