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Monday, April 9, 2018
Federal Railway Administration Post-Accident Drug Testing Training Now Mandatory for 60 Minutes
The Federal Railway Administration now mandates post-accident testing training for supervisors.
This is pretty complex stuff, but all supervisors on railroads and related contractors must be trained. Not to worry. When you purchase our FRA Post Accident Training, you will get the complete Web Course that you keep and own and install on your own company server. Supervisors can return any time to review the details, even after an accident.
Training above is in addition to the one hour of drugs of abuse education and awareness and the one hour of alcohol misuse education and awareness that has been around for quite a while. This makes training for Railway supervisors three hours, instead of two.
This training mandatory and regulated by the U.S Federal Railway Administration as authorized and required under Part 219, Subpart C Testing Requirements.
Background of this Requirement In 1985, to further its accident investigation program, FRA began conducting alcohol and drug tests on railroad employees who had been involved in serious train accidents that met its specified criteria for post-accident testing (see 49 CFR 219.201). Since the program’s inception, FRA has routinely conducted post-accident tests for alcohol and for certain drugs classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as controlled substances because of their potential for abuse or addiction.
What's Covered in the Program
+ History of railroad accidents and rationale for drug testing + Understanding the contents of "Tox Boxes" - the materials + Qualifying and non-qualifying events for post-accident drug testing + Flow chart representing to successful Post Accident Testing action steps + Evacuation to prevent exposures + Definition of impact accidents + Which crew members to have tested + Other regulated employees to test for five qualifying events + Refusal to test issues, questions, actions + Recalling employees who must be tested + Review of Toxicology Boxes, contents, and purpose + Paperwork associated with post-accident testing + Timely collection + Medical treatment priority over testing + Where to collect urine specimens in odd situations + Sealing and transporting, managing and shipping toxicology specimens + Death and post-mortum testing + Resources + Contacts an the U.S. Railway Administration for Questions + Test Questions + Handouts + Certificate Printable
Discussion of Required Training
We discuss the circumstances associated with different accidents like major train accidents where testing is required; what happens when there is a fatality; impact accidents, fatal train incidents, passenger train accidents, human-factor highway-rail grade crossing accidents and incidents and how drug testing relates to these events.
We cover the issues associated with the use of “Tox Boxes”;what a regulated employee is; exceptions to training under a multitude of circumstances; responding to incidents; how to obtain specimens; roles and responsibilities; penalties for refusal to test; communications; shipping specimens; how to decide if an employee or employees need to be tested; responsibilities of railroads and employees; requirement by employees to participate in testing; testing of fatalities; time frames within which testing must occur; who must be tested for what; timely specimen collection; breath testing issues; recalling employees for testing after a qualifying event; status of injured employees and post-accident testing; place of specimen collections; consent to be tested is implied for all employees, and no special permission is required; obtaining cooperation of a facility for the purpose of testing; the role of the National Response Center and reporting employees who refuse testing; specimen collection and handling; handling of specimens; forms and proper completion; shipping specimens; FRA access to breath test results; mandatory testing and specimen collection from fatalities; notification of authorities and coroners and medical examiners;