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What Employees Need To Know About DOT Alcohol & Drug Testing. Part 1.

Just entering the transportation industry? Performing tasks defined by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) as safety-sensitive, such as working on pipelines, driving a truck, operating a ferry, steering a train or repairing an airplane? Then, you are subject to DOT workplace drug & alcohol testing. Here are the basics you need to know about DOT’s program.

 

Who is subject to DOT testing?
Anyone designated in DOT regulations as a safety-sensitive employee is subject to DOT drug & alcohol testing. What follows is an overview of what
jobs are defined as safety-sensitive functions subject to testing.

 

Aviation FAA
Flight crews, flight attendants, flight instructors, air traffic controllers at facilities not operated by the FAA or under contract to the U.S. military, aircraft dispatchers, aircraft maintenance or preventative maintenance personnel, ground security coordinators and aviation screeners. Direct or contract employees of I4 CFR Part 121 or 135 certificate holders, Section 91.147 operators and air traffic control facilities not operated by the FAA or under contract to the US Military. See FAA regulations at 14 CFR Part 121 Appendices I & J.

 

Commercial Motor Carriers FMCSA
Commercial Drivers License (CDL) holders who operate Commercial Motor Vehicles, 26,001 lbs. gvwr. or greater, or operate a vehicle that carries 16 passengers or more including the driver, or required to display a DOT placard in the transportation of hazardous material.See FMCSA regulation at 49 CFR Part 382.

 

Maritime USCG2
Crewmembers operating a commercial vessel.See USCG regulations at 46 CFR Parts 4 & 16.

 

Pipeline PHMSA
Operations, maintenance and emergency response.See PHMSA regulations at 49 CFR Part 199.

 

Railroad FRA
Hours of Service Act personnel, engine & train, signal service or train dispatchers. See FRA regulations at 49 CFR Part 219.

 

Transit FTA
Vehicle operators, controllers, mechanics and armed security.See FTA regulations at 49 CFR Part 655.

 

Remember: The tasks you actually perform qualify you as a safety-sensitive employee, not your job title. Also, some employees, like managers and
supervisors, may be qualified for these jobs but not currently performing them. Do they have to be tested as well? In most cases, yes…if that
employee may be asked at a moment’s notice or in an emergency to perform a safety-sensitive job. Be sure to check industry specific regulations
for further clarification.

 

Why are safety-sensitive employees tested?

The short answer is for the safety of the traveling public, co-workers and yourself. The longer answer is that the United States Congress recognized the need for a drug and alcohol free transportation industry, and in 1991 passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, requiring DOT Agencies to implement drug & alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees.

Within DOT, the Office of the Secretary’s Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) publishes rules on how to conduct those tests, what
procedures to use when testing and how to return an employee to safety sensitive duties. Encompassed in 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 40, ODAPC publishes and provides authoritative interpretations of these rules.

 

DOT agencies and the U.S. Coast Guard write industry specific regulations, spelling out who is subject to testing, when and in what situations. Industry employers implement the regulations that apply to them. The benefit to all employees affected by DOT regulations is that each agency’s
regulations must adhere to DOT’s testing procedures found at 49 CFR Part 40, commonly know as “Part 40.” For example, you may work in the rail industry and later work in the motor carrier industry, but the procedures for collecting, testing and reporting of your tests will be the same under Part 40.

 

What information must employers provide when I first begin performing DOT safety-sensitive functions?

Depending on the DOT agency over-seeing your industry, your employer may be required to provide you with educational materials and a company policy that explain the requirements of DOT’s drug & alcohol testing regulations and the procedures to help you comply. If you have not received this information, be sure to ask your employer about it.

 

What conduct is prohibited by the regulations?

As a safety-sensitive employee…
• You must not use or possess alcohol or any illicit drug while assigned to perform safety-sensitive functions or actually performing safety-sensitive
functions.
• You must not report for service, or remain on duty if you…
– Are under the influence or impaired by alcohol;
– Have a blood alcohol concentration .04 or greater; (with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 to .039, some regulations do not permit you to
continue working until your next regularly scheduled duty period);
– Have used any illicit drug.
• You must not use alcohol within four hours (8 hours for flight crew members and flight attendants) of reporting for service or after receiving notice to report.

• You must not report for duty or remain on duty when using any controlled substance unless used pursuant to the instructions of an authorized medical practitioner.
• You must not refuse to submit to any test for alcohol or controlled substances.
• You must not refuse to submit to any test by adulterating or substituting your specimen.

 

What drugs does DOT test for?

DOT drug tests are conducted only using urine specimens. The urine specimens are analyzed for the following drugs/metabolites:
Marijuana metabolites /THC
Cocaine metabolites
Amphetamines (including methamphetamine)
Opiates (including codeine, heroin, morphine)
Phencyclidine (PCP)

 

Can I use prescribed medications & over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and perform safety-sensitive functions?
Prescription medicine and OTC drugs may be allowed. However, you must meet the following minimum standards:

• The medicine is prescribed to you by a licensed physician, such as your personal doctor.

• The treating/prescribing physician has made a good faith judgment that the use of the substance at the prescribed or authorized dosage level is
consistent with the safe performance of your duties.

Best Practice: To assist your doctor in prescribing the best possible treatment, consider providing your physician with a detailed description of
your job. A title alone may not be sufficient. Many employers give employees a written, detailed description of their job functions to provide
their doctors at the time of the exam.
• The substance is used at the dosage prescribed or authorized.
• If you are being treated by more than one physician, you must show that at least one of the treating doctors has been informed of all prescribed and authorized medications and has determined that the use of the medications is consistent with the safe performance of your duties.
• Taking the prescription medication and performing your DOT safety-sensitive functions is not prohibited by agency drug and alcohol regulations. However, other DOT agency regulations may have prohibitive provisions, such as medical certifications.
Remember: Some agencies have regulations prohibiting use of specific prescription drugs, e.g. methadone, etc…. If you are using prescription or


over-the-counter medication, check first with a physician, but do not forget to consult your industry-specific regulations before deciding to perform safety-sensitive tasks. Also be sure to refer to your company’s policy regarding prescription drugs.

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IDENTICO- Your Vendor for Drug Testing and Livescan Fingerprinting Services in Miami and vicinity.

We believe that   convenience is a key factor when it comes to  on-site drug test collections. IDENTICO is leader in South Florida’s mobile fingerprinting services segment. Thousands of individuals and businesses from Kendall to Naples used our on-site electronic fingerprinting services in 2010-2011. And as a respond to ongoing requests from loyal and new customers we expanded our services and now officially declared as Full third party administrator and on-site drug screening vendor approved by LabCord, Quest Diagnostics and MedTox Laboratories to perform the full range of drug screening services.

 

From the start of drug screening services implementation, we wanted to go beyond the typical on-site screening, and added the features which we believe give both clients and employees the feeling of supreme integrity and authenticity of testing procedures. IDENTICO’s mobile drug screening services will be provided in our specially equipped  and highly secured Mobile Drug Testing Vehicle.

 

Here are the benefits from services we may provide to groups of 10 or more individuals anywhere in South Florida:

 

1. We saves you money! No more 2-3 hours of employees paid time to get to the collections facility and get back to work. Each urine based specimen collection takes less than 7 minutes. For larger groups the cost of urine based 5 panels drug testing may start from $29.95/donor, which includes the collection, Laboratory testing, MRO services, and full reporting control and support. (Traveling fees may apply)

 

2. We uncover all “Drugs on Workplace” concerns businesses may have, we can perform urine, breath and blood based drug and alcohol testing

 

3. Only recognized, licensed and certified  laboratories,s such as Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp and MedTox are used for specimen testing.

 

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  • DOT Testing – We perform federally-mandated drug tests and offer excellent turnaround time, usually within 24-48 hours.
  • Non-DOT Testing – We offer a wide selection of 5,8 or 10 panels testing to meet your company’s drug testing policy guidelines.  These samples are tested under the same stringent guidelines as federally mandated testing.
  • Oral Fluid – Some companies have adopted oral fluid testing as an alternative to urine drug testing.  We offer oral fluid testing in multiple panel configurations.
  • Professional Panels – We have designed special expanded panel drug tests for those individuals working in the medical field and having daily access to controlled substances.
  • Test results can be available to you Electronically or via traditional fax.
  • Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs are available. Such unexpected testing methods gives unethical employees no chance for preparation or cheating.
  • The final report you receive is prepared and signed by Certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) who receives lab reports from the laboratory,
    reviews lab reports for integrity, authenticity, false negatives, and false positives, interprets lab results, including verification of lab positives.
  • Our Certified Breath Alcohol Technicians and Certified Collectors passed an extensive training, possess excellent collection and communication skills. We assure that all procedures and and assignments are in compliance with state/federal regulations.
  • In order to ensure the security and integrity of the collection process, the restroom inside our Mobile Drug Testing Bus is designed to meet the following minimum requirements:

     

    • Restroom is dedicated to the collection event and not available to the general public. The only individuals permitted in the restroom  are the collector and each individual donor.
    • Our collectors are responsible for securing the restroom prior to beginning any collection event and again between each donor.

 

  • We follow DOT’s 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity

     

    1. Pay careful attention to employees throughout the collection process.
    2. Ensure that there is no unauthorized access into the collection areas and that undetected access (e.g., through a door not in view) is not possible.
    3. Make sure that donors show proper picture ID.
    4. Make sure donors empty pockets; remove outer garments (e.g., coveralls, jacket, coat, hat); leave briefcases, purses, and bags behind; and wash their hands.
    5. Maintain personal control of the specimen and CCF at all times during the collection.
    6. Secure any water sources or otherwise make them unavailable to employees (e.g., turn off water inlet, tape handles to prevent opening faucets, secure tank lids).
    7. Ensure that the water in the toilet and tank (if applicable) has bluing (coloring) agent in it. Tape or otherwise secure shut any movable toilet tank top, or put bluing in the tank.
    8. Ensure that no soap, disinfectants, cleaning agents, or other possible adulterants are present.
    9. Inspect the site to ensure that no foreign or unauthorized substances are present.
    10. Secure areas and items (e.g., ledges, trash receptacles, paper towel holders, under-sink areas, ceiling tiles) that appear suitable for concealing contaminants.

       

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Call us today, secure your business and say “NO” to drugs at workplace. One call, and our drug screening service will reveal any and all unwanted activities or habits within company’s collective.

 

 

Due to logistical complexity of performing on-site collection event, we do ask that all requests to schedule these events be received a minimum of five business days prior to the event date. With that said, to ensure your requested date, we do recommend providing as much advanced notice as possible. To receive more information or to schedule an on-site collection event, contact our Customer Support Center at (954) 239-8590 or 888-988-8969.

 

Sincerely,

 

IDENTICO LLC