The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires companies to administer breath alcohol testing in a variety of situations. Alcohol tests may be necessary when a manager suspects alcohol use on the job, or if a worker is involved in a workplace accident, or if an employee is selected for a random test.
The process for alcohol testing is outlined in 49 CFR Part 40 and must be followed precisely for every DOT-required test. In addition, anyone conducting DOT-mandated alcohol testing must receive comprehensive training to qualify as a Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT). The BAT’s role is critical in ensuring the effectiveness of the DOT alcohol testing program.