Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
A final rule that took effect on April 13, 2015 amends U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations to incorporate changes to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) chain of custody and control form (CCF) approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). For more information about this rule – which expands the DOT’s definition of the CCF to include both paper and electronic form – visit: Use of Electronic Chain of Custody and Control Form in DOT-Regulated Drug Testing Programs. Continue reading
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog Writer
According to a recently published final rule in the Federal Register, The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is amending procedures for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs in an effort to create consistency with many new requirements established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Full details of the final rule – which takes effect October 1, 2010 – are available at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-20095.pdf. Some of the changes will affect the training of and procedures used by Medical Review Officers (MROs). Highlights of these changes include the following:
- DOT now requires drug testing for Ecstasy (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or MDMA). The initial screening cut-off concentration for MDMA will be 500 ng/ml and the confirmatory cut-off concentration will be 250 ng/ml for MDMA, as well as Methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) and Methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA), drugs that are chemically similar to Ecstasy;
- The drug test cutoff concentrations for cocaine have been lowered. The initial screening test cutoff drops from 300 ng/ml to 150 ng/ml, and the confirmatory test cutoff concentration has been lowered from 150 ng/ml to 100 ng/ml;
- The drug test cutoff concentrations for amphetamines have been lowered. The initial screening test cutoff has been lowered from 1,000 ng/ml to 500 ng/ml, and the confirmatory drug test cutoff concentration has been lowered from 500 ng/ml to 250 ng/ml; and
- Initial drug testing for 6-acetylmorphine (“6-AM,” a unique metabolite of heroin, considered to be definitive proof of heroin use) is now required. Specific rules have been added to address the way in which Medical Review Officers (“MROs”) analyze and verify confirmed positive drug test results for 6-AM, codeine, and morphine.
To ensure the safety of employees and to promote a safety conscious work environment, certain companies require a drug test for all new employees as a condition of employment, and a drug screen subsequent to a reportable traffic accident and a reportable workers compensation injury for current employees in certain occupations.
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) offers drug testing services as part of a comprehensive Safe Hiring Program that also includes employment/educational verifications and criminal background checks. For more information, visit the ESR website at http://www.ESRcheck.com.
By Thomas Ahearn, ESR Staff Writer
Citing safety as its highest priority, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) which allows commercial motor carrier companies to electronically access driver inspection and crash records as a part of the hiring process.
According to a DOT news release, the Pre-Employment Screening Program â€œsends a strong message to commercial carriers and driversâ€ that the government agency â€œis serious about having the safest drivers behind the wheel of large trucks and buses.â€ Commercial carriers now have â€œan essential tool for making informed hiring decisions that will lead to safer drivers on our roads,” FMCSA officials say, and the PSP â€œraises the safety bar for the motor carrier industry and helps to make our roads safer for everyone.â€
To better assess the potential safety risks of prospective driver-employees, each Driver Information Resource (DIR) record contains the most recent five years of crash data and three years of roadside inspection data â€“ regardless of the state or jurisdiction. Drivers also have opportunities to verify their driving history data and correct any discrepancies. In addition, a driver’s records will be protected in accordance with federal privacy laws.
According to the Pre-Employment Screening Program page on the DOT website, the PSP helps motor carriers make more informed hiring decisions by providing electronic access to a driverâ€™s crash and inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) which is comprised of driver performance data including:
- Inspection and compliance review results;
- Enforcement data;
- State-reported crashes, and;
- Motor carrier census data.
For more details on the PSP, visit http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov or the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section at http://www.psp.fmcsa.dot.gov/Pages/FAQ.aspx.
For more information about pre-employment screening and background checks, visit Employment Screening Resources (ESR) at http://www.esrcheck.com.Â