News and Info you can use as a Drug Test Collector when conducting Urine Analysis UA's or DOT Federal Collections
DOT Releases 2011 Drug, Alcohol Random Testing Rates
The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) has updated the DOT annual random testing rates for 2011. These rates will remain the same as the 2010 year. These rates can be viewed at datia.org under the Resources section (please note you must be logged in to view the 'Members Only' Resources page) or can be viewed on ODAPC's website at http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/rates.html
Prop 203 Gives Medical Marijuana The Green Light
Arizona Proposition 203, "a ballot measure asking the state's voters to legalize medical marijuana," just barely passed by less than .1% recently. This new law enables physicians to prescribe two and a half ounces of marijuana every two weeks to "patients with serious debilitating illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, Alzheimer's, Crohn's disease, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Patients who live more than 25 miles away from a licensed dispensary are allowed to grow up to 12 plants in their home as long as they have a permit and doctor's consent." Read the full story here.
Question: Can you direct me to the procedures for a torn seal during a DOT Urine collection?
Occasionally, the tamper-evident label/seal provided with the CCF will not properly adhere to the specimen bottle because of environmental conditions (e.g., moisture, temperature, specimen bottle material) or may be damaged or broken during the collection process. When this occurs, the collector should use the following corrective procedures:
(a) If the seal is broken while being removed from the chain of custody form or during the application of the first seal on the primary bottle, the collector should transfer the information to a new CCF and use the seals from the second form.
(b) If one seal is already in place on a bottle and the second seal is broken while being removed from the CCF or is broken during application on the second bottle or while the employee is initialing either seal, the collector should initiate a new CCF and provide an appropriate comment on the “Remarks” line in Step 5. The seals from the second CCF should be placed perpendicular to the original seals to avoid obscuring information on the original seals and must be initialed by the employee (both sets of employee initials should match). The collector should draw a line through the Specimen ID number and bar code (if present) on the original seals to ensure that the laboratory does not use that number for reporting the results. The collector should not pour the specimen into new bottles.
(c) In both cases, the collector should ensure that all copies of the original (first) chain of custody form are destroyed or disposed of properly (e.g., shredded, torn into pieces). (DOT's Specimen Collection Guidelines)
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