By Betye Bailey

Part 40 Rule Changes

On November 13, 2017, the DOT Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy and Compliance issued a final rule which harmonizes 49 CFR Part 40 with the revised Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Mandatory Guidelines established for drug & alcohol testing of federal employees.

The new Part 40 rules become effective on January 1, 2018. We have been waiting for this since DHHS began their new procedures for federal employees in October.

Highlights of the Part 40 rule changes include:   Read more

By Adam Bell

The What, When, and How of Air Blanks

Some of our commonly asked questions have to do with air blanks: what they are, when to conduct them, and how. Here are the answers to those burning questions:

What is an air blank?

An air blank, or blank check, is a test to insure there is no alcohol present in the sampling system of an EBT instrument prior to having a subject provide a breath sample. Such a test is needed to prove that the subject’s test result is not contaminated by residual alcohol.   Read more