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DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

BOG Talent and Culture 3.4 - Drug and Alcohol Testing for FTA and FMSCA Covered Positions

West Virginia University complies with the US Department of Transportation requirements relative to drug and alcohol testing for safety sensitive personnel as defined by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration and Federal Transit Administration.

Under the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), a covered employee is any employee who operates a commercial motor vehicle and performs safety-sensitive functions. Safety-sensitive functions shall include:
  • all time at an employer or shipper plant, terminal, facility, or other property, or on any public property, waiting to be dispatched, unless the covered employee has been relieved from duty by the University;
  • all time inspecting equipment or otherwise inspecting, servicing, or conditioning any commercial motor vehicle at any time;
  • all time spent at the driving controls of a commercial motor vehicle in operation;
  • all time loading or unloading a vehicle, supervising, or assisting in the loading or unloading, attending a vehicle being loaded or unloaded, remaining in readiness to operate the vehicle, or in giving or receiving receipts for shipments loaded or unloaded; and
  • all time repairing, obtaining assistance, or remaining in attendance upon a disabled vehicle.

Under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a covered employee is performing a safety-sensitive function if they are responsible for:
  • operation of a revenue service vehicle, including when not in revenue service; 
  • operation of a non-revenue vehicle requiring a CDL;
  • maintenance (including repairs, overhaul and rebuilding) of a revenue service vehicle or equipment used on revenue service;  
  • security personnel who carry firearms (this does not include the University Police Department).

Designated Employer Representative/Contact
The designated employer representative (DER) is the employee authorized by the University to take immediate action(s) to remove covered employees from safety-sensitive duties, or cause covered employees to be removed from these covered duties, and to make required decisions in the testing and evaluation processes. The DER also receives test results and other communications for the University, consistent with the requirements of Federal law.

Anyone who has questions regarding this policy or the University’s DOT drug and alcohol testing program should email the University’s DER, Deanna Watts, or call her at 304.293.5700×8.

View a list of DOT covered positions.