Legislative Package aimed at curbing Opioid Abuse has provision to update on status of hair testing for DOT
In 2015, the FAST Act highway bill included a requirement for the U.S. DOT to recognize hair sample testing as an alternative to the current urine tests. Congress directed DHS to produce the guidelines for testing within one year, however, three years later, DHS has not yet submitted the information to Congress.
That may all change soon. Late yesterday, the President signed a legislative package aimed at curbing the abuse of opioid drugs into law and, in the package, included a provision requiring DHS to report to Congress within 60 days on the progress of the hair testing guidelines and explain why the requirement has been delayed. The provision also requires a firm schedule to complete the provision.
Once DHS finalizes the hair testing guidelines, employers could choose to move to hair testing for their regulated drivers. That's good news - and a cost saver - for the many employers who are conducting both hair and the required urine test for drivers. We'll keep you up to date!