What is Workplace Alcohol Testing?
Mandated breath alcohol testing covers companies/employees in the transportation industries that are specifically regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), such as trucking, aviation, etc. The detailed procedures and regulations are clearly defined in the DOT 49 CFR Part 40. In general, this section of the Federal Register covers all aspects of breath alcohol testing conducted on transportation workers in the United States in safety sensitive positions.
Because of the seriousness of this testing and to ensure that testing of employees is conduced properly and results in valid tests, testing and certifications are required. The individual administering the tests must become a certified Breath Alcohol Technician, which requires the completion of a DOT specified course. As part of this certification, the applicant must be trained and demonstrate proficiency on the EBT (Evidential Breath Tester) being used. In becoming fully trained and qualified as an Equipment Operator and Calibration Technician, the individual in most cases gains an additional certification from the manufacturer.
Where can i obtain training and supplies for Workplace Alcohol Testing?
Q3 Innovations recommends that you contact Lifeloc for your professional workplace alcohol testing needs. Lifeloc has Certified Breath Alcohol Technicians and Certified Master Trainers on staff that can provide you with the training and certifications you need to properly conduct regulated workplace testing. For more information, visit Lifeloc.