November 28, 2017
Earlier this month, US DOT updated its drug testing regulations. These changes take effect January 1, 2018 and apply to all transportation workers –aviation, transit, rail – who are already subject to federal DOT drug tests.
With this update, DOT has expanded the types of drugs it tests for. Beginning January 1st, you will be tested for four additional drugs, specifically semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone. These semi-synthetic opioids are sold under brand names such as OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab, Norco, Dilaudid, and Exalgo, etc. When the changes take effect, DOT drug tests will screen for the use of these drugs:
Marijuana; Hydromorphone; Amphetamine; Cocaine; Oxycodone; Methamphetamine; Codeine; Oxymorphone ; MDMA/MDA; Morphine; 6-Acetylmorphine; Hydrocodone; and Phencyclidine
Under the existing DOT drug testing process, Medical Review Officers (MROs) determine whether there is a legitimate medical explanation for a positive test result, such as taking a legally prescribed drug. With this update, if you test positive for a semi-synthetic opioid, your MRO will downgrade your positive result to negative if you have a legally valid prescription for the drug found in your system.
There are other important things you should know about how this rule impacts you:
• There is no time limit on the use of a legally valid prescription. DOT recognizes that there could be an unintended hardship on you if a MRO was able to deny a prescription from being a legitimate medical explanation simply because it took you a longer time to finish taking the drug than expected. As a result, there’s no cutoff date after which the prescription for a drug you’re taking can’t serve as an explanation for a positive result.
• MROs cannot deny your prescription from acting as a legitimate medical explanation for a positive test result simply because they believe your doctor should not have prescribed you that medication. But, MROs must review and take all reasonable steps to verify the authenticity of the records you provide, and may contact your doctor for further information to verify your prescription.
• Before this rule, MROs were required to report to DOT and employers drug tests results and worker medication information if the MRO believed the information would cause the worker to be medically disqualified or pose a safety risk. Under this rule, before the MRO reports information about your prescription drugs to DOT or employer, the MRO must give you five business days to ask your doctor to call the MRO and determine if the medication can be changed to one that does not pose a significant safety risk. If the MRO determines a medical qualification or safety risk still remains, the MRO will report information about the drugs you’re taking.
• Remember that while some state laws allow marijuana use, it is still prohibited by US DOT. If you test positive for marijuana, no prescription can downgrade your positive result to negative.
• You can view the US DOT update here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-11-13/pdf/2017-24397.pdf
Our newest Line School Graduates!
John Callahan, William Curtis, Micheal Dally, Thomas Davies Jr, Kevin Gallagher, Wilson Guzman, Brian Lattimer, Daniel Monteith, Dylan O'Connell, Church Pfeil, Tiffany Pope, Bret Sauschuck, Raymond Sheridan and Neal Sutera.
Congratulations to the 7 Inaugural Safety Coin recipients that have been recognized for their leadership in safety and efforts in attaining a ZERO HARM and ZERO ACCIDENT work environment.
Bernie Carey, Dan Brown, David Rogers and Dave Erickson, thank you for your commitment to Safety.
IBEW Local 503 swore in 2 new officers. Please welcome Melissa Kurtz, Recording Secretary and Kevin Gillespie, Treasurer.
We look forward to their leadership and dedication that they bring to Local 503.
ATTENTION IBEW LOCAL 503 MEMBERS:
There is nothing more important to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers than our members and their families safety and well-being. To help our members protect their children and grandchildren, the IBEW has joined the National Child Identification Program to provide FREE Child ID Kits to our members.
If you are interested in receiving a kit, one kit per member will be allotted; however, because some families have more than one child the IBEW has negotiated a special deal for members to purchase additional kits at $4.95. Members can order these kits at http://www.childidprogram.com/order-now
If you are interested in receiving your (1) free kit please contact the Hall @ (845) 783-5007 and ask for Melissa or email us at Ibew503@frontiernet.net
National Child ID Program
Why should we fingerprint our children?
*450,000 children run away each year
*300,000 children are abducted each year by family
*More than 58,000 children are abducted every year by non-
That's more than 800,000 children in America missing each year - one child every 40 seconds. Yet, when the National Child Identification Program began; less than two percent of parents had a copy of their child's fingerprints to use in case of an emergency.
The National Child Identification Program is a community service initiative dedicated to changing these statistics by providing parents and guardians with a tool they can use to help protect their children. The ID Kit allows parents to collect specific information by easily recording the physical characteristics and fingerprints of their children on identification cards that are then kept at home by the parent or guardian. If ever needed, this ID Kit will give authorities vital information to assist their efforts to locate a missing child.
Local 503 MC Information
LU 503 MC
Dear Brothers and Sisters of IBEW Local 503,
IBEW Local 503 has started a local chapter of the IBEW Motorcycle Club. We are now accepting members in good standing who would like to join. There are a few rules that are NOT negotiable. In order to be a member you must:
1. Be a member of Local 503 in good standing, of fine character and a licensed operator of an “American Made” – “Union Made” motorcycle in excess of 880cc’s.
2. You must purchase a patch set from Local 503 that must be installed on a black leather “American Made” vest. The patch set includes the large back patch, which is pictured above, and a breast patch with our local number and city. The patch set costs $75.00.
3. Affiliating with any 1% club is forbidden. We are a Trade Union riding club.
The annual dues will be $40.00, which will be due upon joining. If you are interested in joining the IBEW riding club, contact me.
IBEW 503 MC Secretary