Urine specimen collections that adhere to Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations are a crucial component of background checks for jobs and at the office. You will collect DOT urine samples as a collector for tests on drugs, alcohol, etc., including tests for returning to work.
You must successfully finish qualifying training before you may collect urine samples under DOT regulations. The Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulated Urine Specimen Collection online course meets the prerequisite training criteria.
A drug collector is an individual who provides instructions to and supports workers at a collection location, receives and conducts a first inspection of the samples those workers bring, and starts and fulfills the Chain of Custody Form. The worker and the drug collector interact directly and personally.
A person undertaking urine drug collection is required to complete Qualification Training following US Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements.
The procedural training course we offer online for collectors complies with 49 CFR Part 40’s standards for qualifying training.
Content consists of
• Observed and monitored collections
• Donor attribution
• Forms for custody and control
• Procedures for collecting urine
Online DOT procedural training must be completed. The DOT mandates that you execute five observed mock collections in a variety of settings once you’ve finished your procedural collector training. These can be finished in person or over the internet with a competent and experienced trainer using Proficiency Demonstration training and realistic mock collections.
You are completely certified to collect DOT urine samples after completing five mock collections and the collector qualification training.
I want to run a DOT collection station for drug testing, but do I have to get “certified” first?
The collection of urine samples for DOT drug testing does not need the “certification” from the collector or the collection facility. The only people who can start collecting DOT urine samples are individuals—not collection stations.
Who may lead the qualifying training program, and what should its content be?
Although the Department hasn’t released a curriculum for training in urine collection, the DOT expects instructors to base their course materials on both DOT rules and the most recent edition of the document “Urine Specimen Collection Guidelines” from the DOT.
The following components must be included in the specimen collector training:
Training for Qualifications:
· Knowledge of the Part 40 collection processes, the actions required to carry out an appropriate collection.
· How to correctly complete a Custody and Control Form (CCF) for federal collection.
· Methods for managing problematic collections (shy bladder, attempts to meddle with the test, etc.),
The collector should uphold the confidentiality of the collection process, the authenticity of the collection process, and the security of the samples, as well as information concerning fatal and remediable defects in collections and collecting documentation.
The qualifying training mentioned above can be offered by anyone. The trainer doesn’t have to be a knowledgeable or experienced collector, they don’t have to be the ones in charge of the proficiency demonstration, and they don’t even have to be people (such as in an internet course, for example).
The subject matter may be taught face-to-face, through video, computer applications, the internet, video conferences, or other analogous methods. Additionally, this part of the course has no set duration requirement.
Although passing an exam is not necessary to prove compliance with the qualifying training criteria, it is advised that the course include some way to check that the material has been effectively mastered.
Who may lead the collector competency demonstration, and what should its subject matter be?
The aspiring collector must perform 5 continuous error-free mock collections under the close supervision of a competent monitor following successful completion of the certification training program.
In any sequence, the following sorts of collections must be included in the five mock collections:
· 2 mundane/routine
· 1 refers to inadequate urine volume.
· 1 encompassing an abnormally high or low temperature, and
· 1 denoting a reluctance to initial the bottle seal and sign the CCF documentation.
With someone posing as the donor—possibly even the instructor—these mock collections are meant to simulate a real occasion. The collections must enable direct contact between both the instructor and learner and must either allow for direct observation in real-time by the instructor or make it known that this is possible through a video connection or anything similar.
If using a checklist was a requirement of the collector’s training and would be utilized in actual collections, it would be permissible to use one during the mock collections.
A competent collector who has done DOT collections for at minimum a year, taught Part 40 collector training for a year and has managed to complete a training course is required to serve as the competency monitor/evaluator. The accuracy of the mock collections must also be attested to in writing by this individual.
What type of documents must I maintain to prove my qualifications?
On completion of the complete course satisfactorily, the majority of organizations/trainers must provide you with a certificate. However, collectors must be ready to prove their eligibility to collect DOT specimens to DOT Agency inspectors, companies, and employer-authorized service agents (such C/TPAs) who may hire them.
You must be ready to give the Federal Inspector the information they need to know, upon request that you completely comply with the regulation’s criteria for training and competency demonstration.
Examples might include letters from the competent trainer or observer confirming your attendance and effective completion of the course or training completion certificates.
Do I need to take a refresher course?
Yes. Each competent collector who wishes to continue collecting DOT specimens must complete refresher training every 5 years.
The refresher training’s subject matter must be comparable to or identical to that of your first instruction and competency demonstration.
It is anticipated that you will keep up with any DOT requirements changes and not wait until the refresher training to become knowledgeable about them.
Does DOT provide training for collectors?
The DOT does not provide collector training or keep a roster of accredited trainers or training programs, nor does it endorse, accredit, or certify any organization or entity’s training initiatives.
Collection sites have the option of hiring a third party, such as a professional training agency, to perform their training or conduct it themselves. You can look in the yellow pages, on the internet, or get in touch with trade groups or organizations to discover such a training service.
In essence, the DOT requires 5 error-free mock collections for the collector training. The purpose of these mock collections is to mimic a real situation and how it should be handled.