Magazine article Security Management

DOT Proposes Drug Testing Changes

Magazine article Security Management

DOT Proposes Drug Testing Changes

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Employee fear of drug tests has spawned ever more creative efforts-- and a cottage industry to support those efforts--to foil detection, including substituting another's urine for one's own and using "designer" urine adulterants (elements added to foil the test). The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has lagged in responding to these subterfuges. In a proposed new rule, DOT is at last attempting to tighten drug testing regulations on the approximately 8.34 million workers who operate ships, aircraft, trucks, buses, and trains.

DOT's proposal requires that laboratories test all urine specimens for adulteration and substitution. Findings of tampering would be reported to the employer as a refusal to submit to the test.

Also, under the proposal, positive test results could be reported to all DOT-regulated employers, not just the employer who ordered the test, which is now the case. The proposal also boosts requirements for urine collectors and others involved in the testing process.

While the DOT expects the proposal to add $2. …

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