D.O.T. Final Rule
On June 25, 2008, the DOT published the Final Rule on Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs. There have been several changes especially regarding the spector of observed collections.
- Observed collections will now afford less privacy in an effort to guard against the use of products designed specifically to subvert the testing process. These observed collections will continue to occur only when there is a specific reason to believe that the employee in question is attempting, or has reason to subvert the process. Also, observed collections will be required for all return-to-duty and follow-up drug testing.
- There will no longer be easy-to-follow information regarding what adulterants are being tested for.
- All specimens will be tested for validity (i.e., adulterants and urine substitutes).
- If, during an invalid result Medical Review Officer (MRO) review, an employee admission of adulterating or substituting a specimen is now defined as a refusal to test.
The above items are just a few of the changes that have taken place, if you would like more information please click on the links below:
For DOT Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance web page please click here.