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Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

The Department of Transportation has published a final rule extending the date for mandatory use of its updated Alcohol Testing Form from Aug. 1, 2010, to Jan. 1, 2011.
On February 25, 2010, the Department published a final rule [75 FR 8528] updating the Alcohol Testing Form (ATF). The Department anticipated that employers and alcohol testing technicians could have a supply of old ATFs and, to avoid unnecessarily wasting these forms, the Department permitted the use of the old ATF until August 1, 2010. Employers were authorized to begin using the updated ATF immediately.
Since the final rule was published, the Department became aware that some vendors of the ATF might not be able to deplete their current supply of the ATFs before the August 1, 2010 implementation date. In light of this new information and to avoid wasting already printed forms, on May 11, 2010, the Department published a notice of proposed rulemaking [75 FR 26183] to propose to extend the implementation date to January 1, 2011.
The statutory authority for this proposed rule derives from the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 (49 U.S.C. 102, 301, 322, 5331, 20140, 31306, and 45101 et seq.) and the Department of Transportation Act (49
U.S.C. 322).
This proposed rule is a non- significant rule both for purposes of Executive Order 12886 and the Department of Transportation’s Regulatory Policies and Procedures. The Department certifies that it will not have a significant economic effect on a substantial number of small entities, for purposes of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Department makes these statements on the basis that by extending the implementation date of the new form, this rule will not impose any significant costs on anyone. The costs of the underlying Part 40 final rule were analyzed in connection with its issuance in December 2000. Therefore, it has not been necessary for the Department to conduct a regulatory evaluation or Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for this proposed rule. The alcohol testing form complies with the Paperwork Reduction Act. It has no Federalism impacts that would warrant a Federalism assessment.
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.
ACTION: Final rule.

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