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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

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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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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

Getting Your Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program Off the Ground

Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Thu, Aug 07, 2014

There is little room for error in the airline industry, so safety is a top priority for operators and regulators alike. It’s no surprise, then, that the airline industry is subject to numerous, complicated requirements from several different agencies. As part of the push towards safe air transportation, detecting and preventing drug and alcohol misuse is a critical component of any operator’s overall safety program. It’s also required in order to for an operator to continue business.

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FAA Drug & Alcohol Inspection Help

Posted by Judy Boyle on Thu, May 29, 2014

How many of you have gone through an FAA Inspection with flying colors only to find out that the FAA also inspected your collection site and you ended up with violations?  The reason is because 49 CFR Part 40[BS1]  states, “You are responsible for all actions of your officials, representatives, and agents (including service agents) in carrying out the requirements of the DOT agency regulations.” (§ 40.11)

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Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (Federal CCF)

Posted by Judy Boyle on Fri, Sep 06, 2013

This Notice provides guidance to federal agencies, transportation employers, urine collectors, laboratories, and MROs working under Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandatory Guidelines and / or under the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing regulations. This Notice concerns use of the current Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) and implementation of the electronic CCF (eCCF).

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Having Fun on Labor Day Without Risking Your Job

Posted by Judy Boyle on Thu, Aug 29, 2013

Many holidays have become excuses for long weekends and excessive partying. I don’t want to be a party pooper, but for those who perform safety-sensitive duties, you need to be aware of the potential consequences that drinking alcohol can have on your job. With this in mind, I have tried to make a list of things that you can do on this coming holiday weekend that are fun, while not putting your job on the line.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

Best Practices and Warnings for DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing (Part 2)

Posted by Judy Boyle on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

Just entering the transportation industry or new to the drug/alcohol program manager DER position? This month, we bring you the conclusion of some best practices and warnings to help you with your DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.

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Best Practices and Warnings for DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing (Part 1)

Posted by Judy Boyle on Wed, Jun 05, 2013

Just entering the transportation industry or new to the Drug/Alcohol Program Manager (DER) position? Over the course of this month, we will be giving you some best practices and warnings to help you with your Department of Transportation (DOT) Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.

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Tags: Drug and Alcohol

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