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MIIA is a Membership Service of the Massachusetts
Municipal
Association

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Posted on April 13th, 2017 in Training & Testing

Under the Omnibus Transportation Act of 1991, US Department of Transportation (DOT), all municipalities must test a percentage of employee drivers whose duties require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) for drug and alcohol use each year. MIIA selected Custom Drug Testing as the vendor to perform alcohol testing and drug specimen collection for its membership. MIIA has formed a consortium exclusively for MIIA members.

The advantage of consortium membership is that fewer employees from each municipality will be selected for random testing each month. This helps to spread the cost of testing over the whole group, lowering each member’s individual cost. There is no charge to join the consortium.

The cost of tests through Custom Drug Testing are generally substantially lower than those of other testing providers. "Scheduled" tests, such as random, pre-employment, return-to-duty, and follow-up cost $25.00 for alcohol and $55.00 for drug tests. For non-scheduled tests, after normal business hours, such as post-accident and when a trained supervisor has a reasonable suspicion that a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol, a surcharge of $75.00 will apply.

MIIA has developed an array of services for its members which will simplify the administration of the testing requirements and keep costs as low as possible. The major features of the service plan are

  • Custom Drug Testing will perform alcohol testing and drug sample collection on-site, thereby reducing time away from the job for drivers and saving money for the municipality.
  • Custom Drug Testing will handle all paperwork and will provide DOT mandated reports to each municipality at no charge. The member simply provides a list of eligible drivers to Custom Drug Testing.
  • Custom Drug Testing will perform the random selection of drivers to be tested.
  • Custom Drug Testing will maintain a 24-hour toll-free telephone number for members.

MIIA members who contract with Custom Drug Testing will each appoint a coordinator who will provide a list of drivers to Custom Drug Testing and notify drivers who are selected for testing.  Click here for enrollment form.

MIIA will be conducting a series of workshops for MIIA members on the DOT regulations which will include the two hours of mandated training for supervisors.

If you would like a sample Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy please contact your Risk Management Representative.