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    https://www.truckinginfo.com/317575/...-under-new-law

    President Trump signed into law on Oct. 24 legislation aimed at combating the nation’s opioid crisis that contains provisions on hair testing for illegal drug use that have been long sought by trucking lobbies.

    Proponents of hair testing argue that it has advantages, including a longer detection window, easier collection, and results that are harder to fake.

    The new law requires the Department of Health and Human Services toreport within 60 days to the Senate Commerce and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committees on the status for hair testing guidelines, the reasons for delay in issuing guidelines, and a schedule for completion of the guidelines.

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    https://www.ttnews.com/articles/omb-...sting-proposal

    OMB to Review Hair Drug-Testing Proposal

    A hair drug-testing proposed rule has been forwarded to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, a top official with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said at a meeting June 11.

    However, Ron Flegel, chairman of SAMHSA’s Drug Testing Advisory Board, said that the notice of proposed rulemaking is months away from the public comment period.

    SAMHSA is a subagency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which has final responsibility and authority for the rule. The Department of Transportation must follow the testing guidelines issued by HHS but can tailor some of the specific procedures, said Patrice Kelly, director of DOT’s Office of Drug, Alcohol, and Compliance.

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    This thread started in 2018. Drug hair testing was supposed to start in December 2016, but the agencies involved seem to be hung up on "regulatory" issues, whatever they are.
    If hair testing is finally implemented, then expect to see the same results as earlier testing has produced. A failure rate exceeding 10%, versus urine testing fail rates at around 2%.

    Regulatory limbo: As larger carriers tout benefits of hair sample drug testing, mandated reforms nowhere in sight
    Though a band of the country’s largest for-hire motor carriers continue to promote the benefits of screening drivers for drug use via hair sample testing over a urine sample test, a rule from the U.S. DOT to allow carriers to perform hair sample tests in lieu of urine testing is still hung up in years-long regulatory limbo.
    That’s despite a Congressional statute passed in 2015 requiring the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop guidelines for hair sample drug tests specific to trucking — and despite what proponents say is a large body of evidence showing that hair sample testing is more accurate in detecting prior drug use and, thus, should be a federally accepted standard for drug testing truck drivers.
    HHS is now bearing down on being four years overdue in publishing the required guidelines, which Congress requested to be completed by December 2016.
    Wilson Risinger, vice president of safety at KLLM, said in a recent webinar that his company has seen a positive drug test rate 10 times higher with hair testing compared to urine. The company began hair sample testing in March 2018, but it still must complete urine sample tests to comply with federal regulations. That’s costly and duplicative, especially for smaller and medium-sized fleets that may want to test drivers via hair, but can’t afford to perform both a hair and urine test. Allowing carriers to skip urine sample tests would remove those barriers.
    For the first year at KLLM, hair sample tests yielded a 13.1% positive rate, and urine testing had a 2.52% positive rate. In 2019 hair was 10.9% and urine 1.88%. This year, the positive rate for hair has been 10.7%, while urine decreased to 1.07%.
    https://www.ccjdigital.com/regulator...-drug-testing/

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    More news on hair testing for drugs. After a three year delay, the proposal moves to a comment period.

    Mandatory hair testing proposal almost ready for rollout
    A proposal to make drug testing using hair mandatory in trucking is nearly ready for public comment after being reviewed and approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget, regulators have confirmed.
    “It has been a pretty lengthy review process, but I think we are at a point now where it is at the Federal Register, hopefully with publication dates being set,” said Ron Flegel, chairman of the Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB) within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), during a DTAB meeting Tuesday.

    “I’m hoping within a relatively short period of time, the public will be able to … comment on the proposed mandatory guidelines.”
    The guidelines — which Congress directed to be issued over three years ago — have been long anticipated by the trucking industry, where mandatory hair testing is generally supported by major truckload carriers, many of which are already conducting such testing voluntarily.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/ma...dy-for-rollout

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    Government has released guidelines on hair testing.

    Breaking News: Trump Administration releases mandatory guidelines on hair testing for drugs
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday released for comment long-awaited mandatory hair-testing guidelines to screen drivers for drugs.
    The proposed Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Hair (HMG) “will allow federal executive branch agencies to collect and test a hair specimen as part of their drug testing programs.” But it limits hair testing use to applicants for federal testing designated positions and for random testing, according to HHS.
    A federal agency that chooses to test hair specimens – such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) – must collect at least one other specimen type, such as urine or oral fluid, authorized under the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.
    The agency also must provide procedures for use of an alternate specimen when a donor is unable to provide a sufficient amount of hair for faith-based or medical reasons, or due to an insufficient amount or length of hair, according to the proposal.
    Following the comment period on the HHS guidelines, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance and the FMCSA would undertake a rulemaking process before hair testing for drugs would be required for commercial drivers, David Osiecki, president and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting, told FreightWaves last year.
    https://www.freightwaves.com/news/br...ting-for-drugs

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    https://www.truckinginfo.com/1012537...WFn8asK_vRjMiI

    HHS Hair-Testing Proposal Falls Short, Critics Say

    proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services to set up standards for the use of hair testing for drugs is not what hair-testing advocates in the trucking industry were hoping for.

    HHS setting hair testing standards is the first step in fleets being able to use hair testing instead of urine testing for pre-employment drug tests of safety-sensitive transportation workers such as drivers.

    Currently, while many safety-focused fleets use hair testing for their own hiring standards, it may not be used to satisfy federal drug-testing requirements. Such fleets must foot the bill for double testing.

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    Default Re: Hair Testing Will Be Allowed

    Here is a hair testing poll. Read the results in the link.

    Truckers hold differing opinions over potential hair follicle testing, poll reveals
    A proposal to require hair drug testing for truck drivers is currently under consideration by federal authorities, and drivers are harboring differing opinions on the issue, a recent poll shows.
    On September 1st, the Drug Testing Advisory Board with the US Department of Health and Human Services submitted a hair testing proposal to the federal Register for publication, with the hopes that the public, including truck drivers, will be able to comment on the proposal in the near future.
    More than 1,000 drivers have offered their opinion on the matter through a poll conducted on the CDLLife App.
    Of the 1,095 drivers who answered the poll, 40% responded ‘yes,’ 42% responded ‘no,’ and 18% responded that they were ‘indifferent’ to the proposed hair follicle testing.
    https://cdllife.com/2020/truckers-ho...-poll-reveals/

 

 

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