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(Safety and Health Magazine) Washington – The Department of Transportation will include four semi-synthetic opioids in its drug-testing program for DOT employees, according to a final rule (PDF) published in the Nov. 13 Federal Register.

Employees affected include those who work for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and U.S. Coast Guard.

Aligning with an October update from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, DOT will test its employees for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone, which go by brand names such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Dilaudid.

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Read the DOT rule here (PDF)


Safety Tips

  • Between 2003 and 2013, falls were the leading cause of death in the construction industry, resulting in more than 3,500 fatalities, according to OSHA. During that time, falls from roofs made up roughly 34 percent of the deaths – all of which were preventable.
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Disclaimer

This publication was prepared for environmental, health and safety staff at [IBT], to assist in finding resources and information for regulatory compliance. It is not intended to render legal advice.