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DOT to Publish Final Rule on Drug, Alcohol Testing

Posted by Genie Wood on Fri, Aug 13, 2010 @ 07:12 AM

The Department of Transportation announced a Final Rule Friday for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs.

The Federal Register posting will be published August 16 and the rule will take effect October 1. The new policy includes testing for the drug Ecstacy, as well as lowering the cut-off levels for cocaine and amphetamines. The policy also includes a provision mandating initial testing for heroin in transportation workers.

The DOT also notes that it is required by the Omnibus Transportation Employees Testing Act to follow the United States Department of Health and Human Services requirements for the testing procedures and protocols.

The Final Rule also stipulates specific qualifications and testing for medical review officers.

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