FOR YOUR INFORMATION
FTA Drug and Alcohol
Service Agent Training Deadlines Near
The training requirements for collectors (Part 40.33) states that all collectors must receive qualification training that addresses all steps necessary to complete a collection correctly including problem collections, fatal flaws and corrective actions. Collectors must also demonstrate proficiency by completing five consecutive error-free mock collections—two of which are uneventful, one with insufficient volume, one temperature out of range, and one where the employee refuses to sign. The collector’s demonstration must be monitored and evaluated by a qualified instructor. The rule stipulates that all individuals that served as collectors before August 1, 2001 have until January 31, 2003 to complete the training, while all individuals becoming collectors after August 1, 2001 must receive the training prior to performing collector duties. Thus, by the end of January, all collectors conducting collections under the USDOT rule must have completed the training and be able to provide documentation of the fact.
Part 40.213 specifies the training requirements for breath alcohol technicians (BAT) and screen test technicians (STT). BATs/STTs must undergo qualification training and demonstrate proficiency prior to conducting any testing under the USDOT regulations. Thus, all BATS and STTs currently performing these duties must have completed the training and be able to provide corresponding documentation. The new rule added a provision that requires all BATs and STTs to complete refresher training every five years. Thus, all BATs and STTs that completed qualification training before January 1, 1998 must complete refresher training by January 31, 2003.
Medical Review Officers (MRO) are required to take a formal training course and are required to pass an examination administered by a nationally recognized MRO professional certification board (Part 40.121). Individuals that served as MROs prior to August 1, 2001 have until January 31, 2003 to meet the qualification training requirements and pass the examination. Individuals that become MROs after August 1, 2001 are required to meet these requirements prior to performing any MRO functions. Thus, by the end of January, all MROs must have completed the initial qualifications training and passed the exam.
As a recipient of FTA funds, you are responsible for the overall compliance of your drug and alcohol testing program and are responsible for the oversight of service agents. It is your responsibility to ensure these individuals have met the training requirements by the specified deadlines. Part 40 requires that all service agents maintain documentation. This documentation must be provided to DOT agency representatives, employers, and third party administrators upon request. Therefore you may request documentation of compliance for inclusion in your files.
Since the January 31, 2003 deadline is fast approaching, it is highly recommended that at a minimum you have a dialog with each of your service agents and get an up-to-date assessment of compliance status. Service agents should also be put on notice that individuals not meeting these requirements will no longer be able to provide services under your FTA drug and alcohol testing program. If your service agents are unable or unwilling to comply, you must find alternative ways to meet the testing requirements.
Where To Find?.....
49 CFR Part 40, Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Programs
Amendments: August 1, 2001 Federal Register Vol. 66 Pages
Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs Notice of Proposed
information presented on this page should be used to update Chapter 5
of the revised Implementation
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