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1 Drug and Alcohol Program Regulatory Updates Transportation Disadvantaged Annual Conference August 2009

2 Welcome Diana Byrnes, Substance Abuse Management Specialist Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) Project Manager for the FDOT Substance Abuse Management Oversight and Technical Assistance Program Transportation Safety Institute Associate Staff Instructor Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator (C-SAPA)

3 Course Goal To inform you of the drug and alcohol testing regulation amendments that went into effect on August 25, 2008 To educate you in key areas of potential non-compliance within your testing program

4 Regulatory Updates Effective August 25, 2008

5 Amendments- Background Overall purpose: –To make DOT required drug testing harder to “beat”. –To require specimen validity testing at all DHHS certified laboratories –To enhance the direct observation procedures The manufacturing of adulterants, urine substitutes and prosthetic devices have made this necessary

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7 Prosthetic Devices

8 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 Specimen Validity Testing Required  What it means: Laboratories must test specimens for adulterants and substitutions using DHHS guidelines  Who does it effect: Labs  What you need to do: Update your policy to reflect this change (FL DOT Model Policy includes this is Section 16)

9 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 Direct Observation Procedures Change  What it means: Whenever there is a specific reason to believe a donor is attempting to tamper with or evade a test, a recollection under direct observation must take place  Who does it effect: Donors and Collectors  What you need to do: Make policy changes (FL DOT Model Policy includes this in Section 15)

10 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 Three new behaviors that constitute a Refusal to Test  What does this mean: additional measures taken to secure the process from those attempting to evade or tamper with tests Who does this effect: Donors, collectors, employers  What you need to do: You MUST include all of the behaviors in your policy (FL DOT Model Policy lists them in Section 14)

11 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 MRO can use a medical evaluation to determine prohibited drug use following an invalid result  What it means: When a (-) result is required and only an invalid result can be produced via urine, this provides a means to obtaining a negative result  Who it effects: Donors who produce invalid results, MROs, Employers  What do you need to do: Add this language to your policy (FL DOT Model addresses this in Section 20)

12 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 Negative Dilute Retesting  What it means: When a negative dilute result with a creatinine level between 5ng/ml and 20 ng/ml is reported; you are authorized to conduct a second collection. The second collection may not be directly observed and is the final result.  Who it effects: Donors, Employers  What do you need to do: Add this language to your policy, implement consistently ( reference FL DOT Model Section 17)

13 Additional Information Regarding Negative Dilute Results Negative Dilute Results with a creatinine level between 2 and 5 ng/ml require retest under direct observation  What it means: Specimen that the human body can rarely produce  Who does it effect: Donors, collectors, Employers  What do you need to do: Check results carefully, when levels are not indicated, contact MRO. Always follow MRO instructions on how to proceed

14 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 No Split Testing of Invalid results  What it means: Donors will not be able to request that their B bottle (split specimen) be tested at another lab when the A bottle produced an invalid result  Who it effects: Donors with invalid results  What you need to do: add statement to policy (reference FL DOT Model Policy Section 21)

15 Breakdown of Amendments to Part 40 Stop Publication of Lab Methods  What it means: laboratory testing and analysis methods will no longer be published  Who it effects: The multi-million dollar industry that manufactures products designed to “beat” DOT drug tests!  What you need to do: Nothing

16 Breakdown Lab Reports to DOT  What does it mean: drug testing laboratories must report to DOT semi- annual statistical summaries on all of their DOT testing  Who does it effect: Labs and DOT  What do you need to do: Nothing

17 Return to Duty and Follow Up Tests New Ruling July 1, 2009, the US Court of Appeals ruled; stay has been lifted. DOT will issue a Final Rule providing a start date for mandatory direct observation collections for all follow- up and return-to-duty tests. Until then, direct observation for these tests will remain an employer’s option.

18 This concludes the Amendments

19 Action Items for Employers

20 Policy Items that MUST be addressed: –Specimen Validity Testing Required –Addition of three new behaviors that constitute a refusal to test –Circumstances that lead to a directly observed collection –Directly observed collection procedures “will be in accordance with 49CFR Part 40, as amended” –If second chance: RTD and Follow Up direct observation option

21 Anticipated Problem No P.S.C.’s  What it means: LabCorp and Quest Patient Service Centers will no longer conduct directly observed collections  Who it effects: Employers of both Zero Tolerance and Second Chance programs  What you need to do: Establish alternate collection site resources; and/or identify both a male and female representative from your agency that is willing to be an observer

22 Action Items for Employers Contact collection sites; ask if they are aware of the changes to Part 40 and how they would handle a directly observed collection Identify an Agency Representative who is willing to be an observer when a routine collection at a PSC turns into a DOC (you’ll need one male & one female)

23 Five of the Most Common Areas of Non-Compliance And how to avoid them!

24 #1Most Common Area of Non-Compliance Collection Sites: the weakest link –Collection Site compliance= your compliance –Provide collectors with DOT collection guidelines and awareness resources (such as the new DOT video: 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity available on the ODAPC website) –Inspect sites for security measures –Audit the site informally when you are called for testing (reference: FDOT’s Collection Site Monitoring Toolkit) –Conduct unannounced visits that include an interview with a site staff member

25 #2 Most Common Area of Non-Compliance Random Testing –Must cover all hours of operation and all days of operation (weekends and holidays) –Must be spread throughout entire testing period –Never “group test” –Never give advanced notice to employees –Use alternate selections properly –Cancelled tests do not count toward minimums –Update employee testing pool prior to each draw

26 # 3 Most Common Area of Non-Compliance Post Accident Testing Decisions –Use decision and documentation form every time- whether or not you test –Use only the FTA criteria to decide to test/or not –Always conduct BOTH drug and alcohol tests –Train your supervisors –Make arrangements in advance for after hours testing resources –Conduct NON DOT testing if your agency feels testing is always necessary following an accident

27 #4 Most Common Area of Non-Compliance Policy Issues: –Substance Abuse Policy does not include all of the FTA required elements –Policy items included under an agency’s own authority contradict DOT/FTA regulations (e.g.; FTA post accident criteria not used– testing conducted in all cases) –Failure to document employee receipt of policy revisions/updates

28 # 5 Most Common Area of Non-Compliance Pre-employment Background Checks –Get consent form signed by employee (see handout) –Check with DOT covered employers going back 2 years –Positive drug tests, Positive alcohol tests or any refusals to test –Make at least three attempts, document attempts –If employee’s past reveals a previous violation, employee must complete SAP evaluation, treatment and RTD before performing s-s duty

29 Resources for Further Information

30 Resources ODAPC website:  What to get here:  New video and posters on collection site security and integrity  Collection instructions for direct observation  DOT Employer and DOT Employee Handbooks about the drug and alcohol testing program  Updated Part 40 and FAQs  List of certified labs

31 Resources Continued FDOT/CUTR Substance Abuse Management Resource Site  What to get here:  FDOT Model Policies for Zero Tolerance and Second Chance agencies  Collection Site Monitoring Toolkit  Collector Questionnaire for Employer-Collector Interview  Training Presentations  Notices of Upcoming Training Opportunities  Clean, Sober and Safe training video

32 This concludes our session~ Thank you for joining us! Please feel free to contact me: Diana Byrnes


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