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DOT Schedules Meetings to Review New Drug/Alcohol Test Rules

January 24, 2001

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The U.S. Department of Transportation will hold two one-day public meetings in February to review revised drug and alcohol testing procedures.

The revisions include new training requirements for drug and alcohol test personnel and a "public interest exclusion" procedure that will prohibit employers from using third party service providers that don’t comply with DOT rules. They also require Medical Review Officers to review a lab finding that a specimen has been tampered with and set up a waiver procedures that would allow some employers to remove a worker from safety-sensitive duties before a drug test is confirmed positive by an MRO.
The meetings will be held Feb. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Federal Aviation Administration Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Registration is required and can be done by contacting Minnie McDonald or Don Shatinsky at (202) 366-3784 by telephone, (202) 399-3897 by fax, or minnie.mcdonald@ost.dot.gov by e-mail. Please provide registrant's name, the name of an alternate if the primary registrant may not attend, full mailing address, company, agency or association represented, telephone number and the session (Feb. 21 or 22) desired.
Additional information on the meeting can be found in the Jan. 24 Federal Register, www.nara.gov/fedreg. A copy of the revised rules is available on the DOT website at www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/.

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