DOT Drug testing…..
Folks come in to collections sites and state ” I’m here for a UA”. No, that is not correct. You are not here for a UA.
UA means urinalysis, a medical term. It has nothing to do with drug testing. Drug testing is not a medical test in any way. A drug test is looking for specific drugs in urine, not a medical test of urine for health or disease.
So then you think your test is covered by HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) which talks about privacy rules.
The Department’s drug and alcohol testing regulation, 49 CFR Part 40, provides the specific requirements for when and how to obtain written employee authorization to disclose drug and alcohol testing information.
It is not necessary to obtain employee written authorization under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) rules, where DOT requires the use or disclosure of information under 49 CFR Part 40 or the other DOT Agency & USCG drug and alcohol testing regulations.
To read DOT’s entire HIPAA statement click here.
It answers many questions concerning privacy. Employers, Collectors, Technicians,Laboratories, MRO’s, (Medical Revue Officer) SAP’s (Substance Abuse Professional) do not need written authorization from you it it has to do with DOT testing.
When you report for a DOT drug test it is NOT a medical test and it is NOT a UA.