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Q&A: DOT Expanded Testing Panel

We had great attendance and participation during our webinars on the new DOT rule concerning the expanded testing panel and what it means for employers. We have compiled all the questions we received and have provided our answers. Please click below to access the Q&A document from the webinar. Thanks […]

Watch Webinar: DOT Testing Panel Update

In case you missed it, below is a link to the webinar we hosted about the expanded DOT panel and what this new rule means for employers. For more information, please check out our other blog posts.   Click Here to View Webinar Username: guest Password: webinar

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Free Webinar: DOT Testing Panel – What You Need To Know

Please join us for a free webinar on the new 49 CFR Part 40 final rule that was published Nov 13, 2017, by the DOT. This rule expands DOT drug testing to include opioids, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone and is effective January 1, 2018. Our compliance experts, Dr. Donna Smith and Sandra Vanderploeg, will be arming you with all the […]

DOT Final Rule On Expanded Opiates

The long-awaited revisions to 49 CFR Part 40 were published November 13, 2017. The final rule caps a nine months rulemaking process by the DOT and is in effect January 1, 2018.  The rule primarily harmonizes DOT regulations with the revised HHS Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of […]

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DOT Expanded Opiates Drug Test TBD

The long-anticipated expansion of the drug testing panel to include the opioid drugs (i.e., hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone) for DOT-mandated testing will NOT take place on October 1, 2017. The DOT will continue its rulemaking process to issue a final rule revising 49 CFR Part 40, and once complete, […]

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Maintenance of Way – Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is expanding its drug and alcohol testing regulations to include Maintenance of Way (MOW) employees.  Effective June 12th, 2017, railroad employees and contractors who perform maintenance of way (MOW) functions for a railroad will be subject to testing under the FRA guidelines. WorkforceQA recently hosted a webinar […]


Revisions to FRA Regulations (49 CFR Part 219)

Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees Effective June 12, 2017 In response to Congress’ mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is expanding the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover Maintenance of Way (MOW) employees. 1. To whom does this […]

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WorkforceQA Comments on DOT Drug Testing Changes

WorkforceQA recently submitted comments to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) regarding proposed changes in procedures for transportation workplace drug and alcohol testing programs. In the comments WorkforceQA supported the addition of expanded opiates (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) in the […]

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Workplace POCT Best Practice Recommendations

  There are several employer factors to consider when developing a policy for workplace Point of Collection Testing (POCT) or instant drug screening. Previously, WorkforceQA looked at several of these factors including: POCT quality standards, various methods for reading POCT results, regulatory considerations and laboratory confirmation testing. To learn more […]

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Urine POCT Drug Screening in the Workplace

  Point of Collection Testing (POCT) refers to both non-instrument devices, such as immunoassay strips, cassettes, and cups and also to instrument-facilitated urine screening performed at the location where an employee/applicant provides a urine specimen. The key distinguishing feature of POCT devices is that they provide an “immediate” negative test […]