On May 17, 2012, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) to add potentially impairing non-controlled substances to its standard post-accident testing panel.
According to FRA research, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug use has become prevalent among railroad employees. Specifically targeted in the proposal are sedating antihistamines and tramadol which is a synthetic opioid. It is believed that the use of these substances can cause impairment while performing safety sensitive functions.
Currently the FRA’s standard post-accident testing panel includes alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), amphetamines, barbiturates, and certain opiates.
Interested parties have until July 16, 2012 to submit comments on the NPRM
For more information about the proposal please click here.
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