Another Year, More Changes

Our first month of 2016 has come to an end and if that’s an example of what the year is going to be like then we are prepared for a fast roller coaster ride. The month flew by so quickly but not without many changes for 2016.

We have been updating all our documents including the Compliance Manual and should have all the updated information available online at www.aadrugtesting.com hopefully before the end February. We are also looking at changing the renewal forms and random notifications to a simpler format. Read more

Stay Safe This St. Patrick’s Day

Stay Safe This St. Patrick's Day

Make a plan before you party:

Designate a Sober Driver This St. Patrick’s Day

Fact: St. Patrick’s Day Is Dangerous

  • Widely celebrated across the country, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. The St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) from 2010 to 2014 saw the loss of 266 lives due to drunk-driving crashes.
  • In 2014, alone, 29 people (28% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
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So is DOT Actually Watching and Investigating Fraudulent Behavior Associated with Drug Testing?

We hear this question quite regularly, and the answer is Yes!

The FMCSA issued a Notice of Proposed Exclusion (NOPE) to a Elizabeth “Betsy” Pope, and Eastgate Laboratory Testing, in Tennessee and all other places that it was doing business.

On January 20, 2015, the agency notifyed Ms. Pope that she had engaged in serious noncompliance. In the NOPE, the FMCSA stated that the DOT’s Office of the Inspector General conducted a criminal investigation of the company’s activities.

On August 18, 2015, The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a decision and order under the Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs that excludes a service agent, Elizabeth “Betsy” Pope d/b/a Eastgate Laboratory Testing, from providing drug and alcohol testing services in any capacity to any DOT regulated employer for a period of 5 years.

Ms. Pope and her company provided Medical Review Officer services to DOT-regulated trucking companies when Ms. Pope was not qualified to act as a Medical Review Officer.

Read the Federal Register notice on the Public Interest Exclusion. – See more at: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/news#sthash.CArxyW2b.dpu

Feds Targeting Impaired Driving with New Highway Bill

America’s Surface Transportation Act or FAST Act” contains two provisions designed to attack the problem of increasing traffic deaths in the U.S. The U.S. is on track to have the highest number of highway related deaths since 2007.

While an improving economy always means an increase in miles traveled with a corresponding increase in traffic crashes and fatalities, add in the effect of distracted driving and the legalization of marijuana in more states and its understandable that federal officials are concerned about new ways to reduce the carnage.
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Background Check Services in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated

“Over the past five years, market share concentration has marginally increased due to some consolidation among leading industry firms,” says Blau. For instance, Sterling Infosystems’ 2011 acquisition of Axciom’s background screening business doubled the market share of one of the larger firms in this industry. Likewise, Symphony Technology Group acquired industry major player LexisNexis in 2013, forming First Advantage, one of the largest global screening analytics and identity solutions providers.

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12646808.htm

Random Drug Tests Before End of Year

Question: Why is it important to get my random drug tests in before the end of the year?

Answer: Since you are a member of a Consortium all testing must be completed before the end of the year so the Consortium’s computer system can tally the Consortium Data for the year.

If testing is not completed before the end of the year then ALL clients in the testing pool are out of compliance if we don’t meet the required percentages.(c) You must report the result as provided in § 40.161 .

Year End

The year is finally coming to an end; time just seems to fly by faster every year. We at AADT have a few reminders that you should always have in mind when the year closes.

Final Quarter Random Notifications:

Please make sure to test all drivers right away and get all documentation over to us so it can be documented in our system. If a person is no longer with the company then make a notation on the random notification over to us so we can remove the driver/person and the system will select an alternate if there is one to select. Any person who will be out for more than 30 days should be removed from your list of active drivers. Read more

DOT Inspectors Cracking Down on Drug Testing Evasion

The importance of responding to a random notification and testing in a timely manner should not be ignored. The consequences to the driver for not following protocol can be career ending. As the administrator of the program for our clients, we are required to keep documentation of all notifications mailed out and all communication from clients regarding notification. DOT inspectors will call to verify information and enrollment when they are performing compliance reviews, safety audits, or terminal inspections. Read more

AADT Receives Hundreds of Calls Due to Deceptive Ads

DOTscamAADT Receives Hundreds of Calls Due to Deceptive Faxes, Emails And Text Messages from Unscrupulous Competitors

A few months ago, we warned our members and clients that certain drug testing consortiums are utilizing illegal and highly deceptive marketing schemes to virtually scare people/AADT clients into doing the wrong thing.

In general, these companies utilize one page letters or notices sent via email, fax, junk mail and even in text messages. They contain headings like: COMPLIANCE NOTICE or FINAL NOTICE, images of government buildings and barcodes, along with Federal DOT #XXXXXX, and threating code sections etc. It’s all a scam! Read more

Marijuana’s Potency & Therapeutic Value

By Bill Current

In each issue, The Truth About dispels the myths that are commonly circulated about marijuana, its effect on the workplace, and its place in society.

Getting high or getting well-the proponents of legalizing marijuana claim that using pot can do both without harm to the user or society. But is that the truth? Read more

HHS Issues Request for Info on Hair Specimen Testing

In late May the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the potential use of hair specimens for federally-mandated drug and alcohol testing. This is the first official step to review hair testing as a potentially viable part of federal drug testing programs. Read more

California Lawmakers Stall Roadside Test for Drugged Drivers

An Assembly committee has rejected making California one of more than a dozen states that allow police to conduct roadside testing for marijuana and other drugs.

The bill, AB 1356, by Republican Assemblyman Tom Lackey of Palmdale, would have allowed police to use a device similar to Breathalyzers used to chart blood alcohol levels. However, these devises detect drugs in the driver’s system. Read more