Over 10 years ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) authorized the use of saliva testing to comply with the Alcohol Testing Regulations. FMCSA and the Department of Health and Human Services only authorized devices that were listed n a conforming products list. In addition, the regulations require that individuals conducting the testing must be trained in accordance with a DOT model training program.
49CFR Part 40.213 requires that the model training course provide familiarization with the device being used and the quality assurance program for the device. The Screening Test Technician must also demonstrate that they meet the proficiency standards for the device by conducting five Error Free mock test.
Upon completion of the training course, the Screening Test Technician (STT) will receive a certification indicating they are qualified to offer testing that meets the DOT standards.
To ensure that the STT meets the testing standards, FMCSA and DHHS require that the technician receive refresher training every five years.
The Missouri Trucking Association is offering training for new technicians and for STT’s requiring recertification on April 23, 2015 at the MoTA office in Jefferson City, MO.