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By Betye Bailey

DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing – Forensic or Medical?

Many of our customers are medical facilities such as occupational or behavioral health clinics, hospitals, and doctor’s offices. It can be difficult to separate medical procedures and practices from the forensic protocols used in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) testing program. Medical procedures must follow specific rules for documentation, HIPAA, and dialog with the subject. DOT drug & alcohol tests are forensic tests to insure compliance with federal safety regulations and are not medical procedures, even if they are conducted by medical personnel in a medical facility.   Read more

By Betye Bailey

5 Essential Questions to Ask Your Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT)

With far fewer breath alcohol tests being performed compared to urine drug screen collections, you may be faced with the training issue of “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. Confirming that your BAT is proficient and educated on an ongoing basis not only ensures the defensibility of your findings, but also protects the reputation of your business.   Read more

By Betye Bailey

Calibration Logbook Essentials for Workplace Testing

It always surprises us when we discover an alcohol testing program that does not utilize a logbook for their EBT (Evidential Breath Tester). This missing documentation can lead to problems if faced with an audit or legal proceedings. Programs which fail to document their quality assurance practices properly are out of compliance with 49 CFR Part 40.233(c)(4). The term “logbook” in this context refers to a Calibration Logbook. A Calibration Logbook keeps records of accuracy checks, calibrations, and instrument maintenance. This is a different document from a BAT logbook, which holds records of every test and function conducted with a particular device.    Read more

By Betye Bailey

How to Perform an Accuracy Check – Alco-Sensor VXL

Training at Intox Training Academy includes the basics of a Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) and also covers procedures for performing Accuracy Checks for your Alco-Sensor VXL. Understanding these procedures is very important to the health of your Testing Program, and its defensibility. For that reason, we are sharing the video clip below, directly from our training program, as a refresher on these procedures.    Read more

By Betye Bailey

Training Requirements for UDS Collectors

We talk about BAT training a lot here at Intoximeters, so we thought it might be good to discuss training UDS Collectors for a change!

The Department of Transportation has not published a Model Course for collectors like they did for Breath Alcohol Technicians (BATs). The BAT Model Course is what tells us how long the training should take and also provides materials for use in that training. Nothing like that exists for Urine Drug Screen collection training (other than the Urine Specimen Collection Guidelines document). Below is a summary of the Part 40 rules regarding collector training.     Read more

By Betye Bailey

Inspection, Maintenance and Calibration Records

Every EBT device should have its own Calibration Logbook where records related to the maintenance of your instrument are kept. As part of your training, you should have been taught how to fill out a logbook every time you conduct an accuracy check. Logbook entries are routine procedures that become extremely important when an employee challenges a positive test result. If you were NOT taught about logbooks in your BAT training, contact us at training@intox.com.

Intoximeters trainers have the occasional opportunity to examine calibration logbooks when we go to a customer site to do training or to audit their program. Unfortunately, we frequently see careless logbook entries that do not contain complete information.    Read more

By Betye Bailey

Should I Perform an Accuracy Check, or a Calibration?

One of the most common sources of confusion for new BAT’s is the difference between an “Accuracy Check” and a “Calibration“. In short, Calibration is a repair procedure and Intoximeters instruments do not require routine, regular calibration. However, the accuracy of any testing instrument should be checked (Accuracy Check) periodically per the requirements of your company policies or the Intoximeters Quality Assurance Plan (QAP).

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By Betye Bailey

ATF – Checking the 15 Minute Wait Box

We are often asked the proper way to address the 15 minute wait check box in Step 3 of the DOT Alcohol Testing Form.

ODAPC has informally stated that “the intent of the 15 minute wait boxes in Step 3 of the Federal ATF was for the BAT to indicate whether or not the 15 minute wait was observed between the screening and confirmation tests. There is no requirement for the BAT to complete the 15 minute wait boxes when the screening test result is less than 0.020”.

ODAPC has not published this response in any of the questions and answer guidance to date. If you would like written clarification on this or any other section of 49 CFR Part 40, you can always contact ODAPC directly at 202.366.3784 or by email at ODAPCWebMail@dot.gov.

By Betye Bailey

Keeping updated with DOT and ODAPC

What is the best way to stay current with DOT regulatory changes and updates?

The best way to keep up to date with DOT and ODAPC (besides checking this blog frequently, of course!) is to sign up for e-mail updates directly from the source. This is a free service provided by the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance. When you are registered for the updates, you will automatically be notified when there are changes to the regulations, when new resources become available, and when Public Interest Exclusions (PIEs) are issued.

We encourage clients to register for these updates. Also remember that frequent training is another great way to keep up to date!

Register here for DOT and ODAPC updates: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/subscriber/new.

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