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If you work in the transportation industry or any safety-sensitive position, you may be required to undergo a drug test as part of the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

As an employer, drug testing can be a valuable tool in maintaining a safe and productive workplace. However, interpreting drug screening results can be a complex process that requires a thorough understanding. In this guide, we will provide an overview of how to interpret drug testing results accurately in compliance with relevant DOT laws and regulations.

steps to follow when interpreting your drug test result:

Review the Custody and Control Form (CCF)

The CCF is a legal document that accompanies your drug test sample from the collection site to the laboratory. It contains important information such as your name, social security number, and the type of test being conducted. Make sure to verify that the information on the CCF matches your details.

Read: Role of DOT Chain of Custody in Drug Testing

Identify the testing panel

DOT drug tests are typically conducted using a 5-panel or 10-panel drug test, which includes testing for specific drugs or drug classes such as opioids, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, and PCP. The panel being tested should be listed on the CCF, and you should be aware of which drugs are being tested for.

Look for cutoff levels

DOT drug tests have specific cutoff levels that must be met for a positive result. For instance, the cutoff level for marijuana in a urine test is usually 50 ng/mL. If the concentration of the drug in your sample is below the cutoff level, the test will be negative. If it's above the cutoff level, the test will be positive.

Interpret the results

Drug screen results are reported as either positive or negative. A positive result means that the drug or drug metabolite was detected in your sample, while a negative result means that the drug was not detected. In addition, DOT drug tests may also report the concentration of the drug or metabolite in your sample.

Understanding the Consequences of a Positive Result

If you receive a positive result on your drug screen test results, you may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination of employment or loss of your commercial driver's license.

Learn more: What happens if you fail a DOT test?

Maintaining a safe workplace starts with accurate drug testing and interpreting drug test results with precision. If you have any questions or concerns about interpreting drug test results, our team at goMDnow is 24/7 here to help you. Contact us today to learn more about our drug testing services and how we can help you ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

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