Drug test

June 3, 2009 - 7:43am

So here’s a pop quiz (true or false) for all you aviation enthusiasts:

1. All employees in safety-sensitive positions at U.S. airlines must be drug and alcohol tested.

2. These same employees need 10-year background checks before being hired.

3. Mechanics are considered as occupying safety-sensitive positions.

November 5, 2008 - 10:10am

Last Friday, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Washington, D.C.) issued a temporary stay of the Department of Transportation’s November 1 implementation of mandatory direct observation of all federally required return-to-work and follow-up urine collections, according to George Ellis, executive vice president of substance abuse services at Maple Grove, Minn.-based Verifications.

October 7, 2008 - 2:43pm

“Direct observation” of aviation employees during drug and alcohol tests applies only to individuals who are returning to duty after a previous positive test, or if there is reasonable suspicion. The tests apply to only Part 121 and 135 operations, although some Part 91 operators follow the regulations, according to Dr. Quay Snyder, president and CEO of Virtual Flight Surgeons, Aurora, Colo.

September 30, 2008 - 8:02am

The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.

September 26, 2008 - 7:08am

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has joined the Air Transport Association in asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to withdraw its planned rule requiring airlines representatives to “directly observe” employee urination for the purpose of drug testing.

September 3, 2008 - 10:45am

The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.

January 10, 2008 - 12:17pm

The FAA determined that the minimum percentage rate for substance abuse testing this year will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent for random alcohol testing. Data received in the last two years indicates that the positive rate for drug testing is less than 1 percent and the positive rate for alcohol testing has been less than 0.5 percent.

September 26, 2007 - 10:34am

Last year the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) filed a lawsuit challenging a new FAA rule that substantially expanded the FAA’s drug and alcohol testing requirements.

The rule extended the testing requirements to employees at subcontractor companies (and to subcontractors of subcontractors at any tier) that repair stations rely on for specialized services.

February 1, 2007 - 7:24am

The minimum percentage rate for substance-abuse testing for next year will remain at 25 percent of covered aviation employees for random drug testing and 10 percent for random alcohol testing. The rates will remain unchanged because historical data indicates that the positive rate for drug tests over the last several years has been less than 1 percent.

January 31, 2007 - 11:40am

Proposed amendments were adopted to clarify the FAA’s anti-drug and alcohol-misuse regulations pertaining to testing requirements; reasonable cause for testing; periodic drug testing; the anti-drug program approval process; and drug- and alcohol-abuse prevention programs.

 
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