7. June 2010 15:56
Where is the weakest link in your drug and alcohol testing program? It’s a pretty safe bet to think that it is your collection facility. FTA auditors and GAO (Government Accountability Office) investigators have found many incidences of error and oversight in the federally-regulated collection process. The procedural errors found were in direct violation of 49 CFR Part 40. Among the most significant mistakes found by the GAO were failure to restrict access to items that could be use as adulterants, such as soap, air fresheners or cleaners (75%), restricting access to running water (67%), failure to ask employees to empty pockets and display items (42%), failure to check temperature of specimen (19%) and failure to add bluing agent in the toilet or secure the tank with evidence tape (17%).
In order to address these and other significant issues that face the Drug and Alcohol Testing Program of transit, the Arkansas Transit Association will be hosting a MANDATORY training for all Drug and Alcohol Program Managers and Alternates at the ATA Training Center in North Little Rock on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. The Training will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM. Lunch and breaks will be provided.
The free training will be led by an FTA auditor with direct knowledge of collection site issues and errors. The training will cover ways you can help insure collection site security and integrity. You will learn ways to conduct mock collections and review documentation for errors.
To register for this class, click on the following link.
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