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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


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    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

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    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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    Training and Safety Still Not Meeting FAA Expectations

    Posted by Brenda Stoltz on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    A recent rash of proposed civil penalties is showing that training and safety measures taken by operators is still not meeting the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) expectations or mandates. From allowing mechanics to operate without proper training to gaps in drug and alcohol programs, to improper repairs, aircraft operators have some work to do to in the eyes of the FAA.

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    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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    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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