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Top 6 Questions Regarding Marijuana Use In the Aviation Industry

Posted by Claudia Culmone on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

The use of marijuana for medical or recreational use continues to gain legal ground across the U.S., leaving many people in the Aviation Industry wondering how this affects their operation. In a previous blog post, we discussed the confusion surrounding this topic and presented facts concerning marijuana. To provide more clarity, we answer the top 6 questions that aviation companies have:

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

FAA Inspection Items – What You Need To Know

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Apr 11, 2017

Has it been a while since your last FAA inspection? Or are you new to the requirements and regulations you need to follow?

If so, you may be shocked by the FAA Inspection Items that your company is required to provide; and even if it’s not ‘required by regulation’, you will undoubtedly get through the inspection a lot easier with the extra documentation.

Over the last two years or so, the FAA-issued Inspection Items have evolved to be more in-depth and require more preparation than in years previous. So what should you expect for your next inspection?

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol, Aviation Security and Safety

Oral Fluid: Another Method in Drug Testing

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Oral Fluid Drug Testing

On May 12, 2015, the Federal Register published proposed guidelines from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the inclusion of oral fluid specimens in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.

Sounds important – but what does it mean for Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and employers?

In a nutshell the proposal:

  • Establishes standards and technical requirements for oral fluid collection devices,
  • Details initial oral fluid drug test analytes and methods,
  • Details confirmatory oral fluid drug test analytes and methods,
  • Establishes processes for review by a Medical Review Officer (MRO), and
  • Outlines requirements for federal agency actions
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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Policy Statement - Is yours up-to-date?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

Is Your Substance Abuse Policy Ready?

Companies have a vested interest in maintaining a safe setting for their employees, clients, and customers while protecting the company property, equipment, operations and profitability. A compliant Substance Abuse program is a critical component of your company’s safety goals. Now is the perfect time to take out the policy, dust it off and make certain that it is up to date with all Federal regulations and state laws for 2017.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

OSHA and Post-Accident Drug Testing

Posted by Bailey Wong on Fri, Aug 12, 2016

On May 12, 2016, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to revise its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illness regulations that took effect August 10, 2016. The rule is part of an extensive rulemaking that concerns the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. OSHA's regulation at 29 CFR part 1904 requires employers with more than 10 employees in most industries to keep records of occupational injuries and illnesses at their establishments. Employers covered by these rules must record each recordable employee injury and illness.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Legalized Marijuana - A Drug Testing Conundrum?

Posted by Bailey Wong on Thu, Jun 30, 2016

  • 25 - to date 25 states, including the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use
  • 13,500,000 – in 2014, 6.6% of adults or 13,500,000, age 26 or older, have admitted to being current users of marijuana
  • 22,000,000 - Of the more than 22 million current illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2014, just over 70 percent were employed either full or part time.
  • 52% - Fifty-two percent of Americans now say marijuana should be legal, while 42 percent think it should be illegal
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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

eCCF – The Pros, the Cons and Program Impact

Posted by Bailey Wong on Tue, Oct 13, 2015

As the DOT considers the implementation of the electronic Chain of Custody Form (eCCF) and the non-regulated industry continues to expand the use of eCCF, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons and the impact of its use in your drug-testing program.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Featured Article in ARSA's Hotline Newsletter - “Recreational or Medical” Marijuana vs FAA/DOT Drug Testing

Posted by Shirley Negri on Mon, Jun 08, 2015

“Recreational or Medical” Marijuana vs FAA/DOT Drug Testing

By Shirley Negri, NATA Compliance Services

Nearly 50 percent of the United States currently has laws legalizing marijuana in some form. (See Map.)
How does this impact your repair station? Technically it doesn’t, if your operation performs maintenance on commercial aircraft operations including air tour for hire.

The Department of Transportation and the FAA maintain requirements that all “safety-sensitive or covered” employees (e.g., A&P Technicians, Sheet Metal Mechanics, Avionics Technicians) be subject to drug and alcohol testing. Further, regardless if marijuana was used for recreational or medicinal purposes in a state that has “legalized” the activity, detection of use will result in a positive drug test.

 

For more information:

http://www.dot.gov/odapc/dot-recreational-marijuana-notice

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/drug_alcohol/news/media/ODAPC%20Medical%20Marijuana%20Notice.pdf

NATA Compliance Services (NATACS) is the aviation industry’s only full-service employee background investigation and HR-compliance company and an ARSA preferred provider. To learn more, visit http://info.natacs.aero.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Does Your Drug and Alcohol Policy Change with Medical Marijuana Authorization?

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Jan 08, 2015

It seems that with every election of late, more and more states vote to decriminalize medical or recreational marijuana. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize some use of marijuana for medical purposes or, in the case of four states, recreationally. These recent changes in state laws are throwing employers, including aircraft operators, into uncharted territory, given the fact that the federal government still classifies the drug as a Schedule I controlled substance that is illegal to use.

Despite this classification, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a memo in 2008, and again in 2013, that federal government resources would not be focused on those individuals complying with state marijuana laws. To help shed some light on the issue, let’s review how these recently passed state laws affect your drug and alcohol policy.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Pilots Found To Be Using More Drugs

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Last month, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a study that found drug use among pilots had increased substantially since 1990. Using data collected from 6,700 pilots killed in plane crashes between 1990 and 2012, the NTSB found pilots’ use of over-the-counter, prescription, and illegal drugs all increased. While the rate crashes due to pilot impairment  as a result of drug use remained steady at about 3%, the increased use of all drugs has prompted warnings about the implications and need for further study.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

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