U.S. DOT bans drug-testing company for five years

| 11/18/2009

A private business in North Carolina that reviewed drug testing done on truckers and airline pilots has been ordered shut down for at least five years. The ban was made public in the Federal Register Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The New York Times reported that Michael Bennett, owner of Workplace Compliance Inc., was reviewing test results himself even though he’s not a doctor, as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Bennett then allegedly submitted the reviews to the DOT under the signature of a doctor.

“Mr. Bennett and his corporation violated the privacy expectations of individuals, and placed transportation safety at great risk,” wrote Patrice M. Kelly, the deputy director of the department’s office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, in a July 31 decision banning his company.