Electrical Industry Drug-Free “Alliance” ScreenSafe Inc. Program Administrators
The Alliance The Electrical Contractors’ Association of the City of Chicago and Local 134, I.B.E.W. have formed a partnership to address the problems caused by drug and alcohol abuse
Alliance Goals and Objectives • Recognition of the problem; • Development of a comprehensive policy; • Educate Participants; • Promote the Member Assistance Program,(MAP); • Implement a fair and respectful drug testing program that conforms to Federal drug testing standards.
Key Policy Issues • Contractor participation and commitment is critical. • Participant education. • Supervisory training. • Drug testing.
Policy Requirements and Prohibitions • The use of alcohol or drugs by employees during working hours on the job site or on company property (including company vehicles) is absolutely prohibited. • Participants are required to submit to drug and/or alcohol testing in accordance with this policy.
Policy Requirements and Prohibitions • No participant will be tested for alcohol unless a reasonable suspicion exists that the person is under the influence of alcohol, or they are involved in an OSHA recordable on the job accident. • Participants subject to this policy continue to have access to the usual protections provided as part of their union membership.
Policy Requirements and Prohibitions • All members of the Alliance shall be considered part of the testing pool and will be tested over a 2 year period. • Participants will be selected randomly from the 50% pool. • Participants who complete the testing process will not be returned to the 50% pool. • At the same time there will be an ongoing 10% pool. • Apprentices will be tested at 100%
Testing Procedures • Names picked from the random pool. • ScreenSafe has access to the 134’s database to find out where union member is working. • Designated (Company or Union) Representative called and informed to expect a fax regarding participants being tested.
Testing Procedures • ScreenSafe makes calls to Designated Representative in the AM. • Forms sent to Designated Representative: • Testing Procedures for the Electrical Industry Drug Free Alliance • List of Collection Sites • By the end of the business day, the Designated Representative informs participant that his/her name has been selected.
Testing Procedures • Participants given one hour off with regular wages and fringe benefits. (Paid by Employer) • Participants are given until end of next business day to take test.
At the Collection Site • The Alliance Drug Test Information and Instruction Sheet • Authorization for Consent to Drug Analysis and Authorization of Release of Results for testing • Release of Information Signed for MRO, MAP and ScreenSafe
At The Collection Site • Participant Signs Consent Forms • Collection Site Technician faxes Consent and Release Form Back to ScreenSafe
Testing Procedures • If the test is negative, no further action is taken. • If the test is positive, the Medical Review Officer (MRO) calls participant to validate reason for positive. • If no valid reason found, participant is in violation of policy.
Testing Procedures • Testing will also be done when there is “reasonable suspicion”. • Accelerated testing (follow-up) takes place once a participant has tested positive. It is based on MAP evaluation.
Testing Procedures - Safeguards • Integrity of specimens insured by utilization of one collection procedure at all sites • All labs have DHHS certification • All positives confirmed by GC/MS • MRO reviews all drug test positives
Testing Procedures – Safeguards • Urine samples separated into two containers at time of collection • Other forms of testing for participants with confirmed medical conditions
Testing Occasions - Portability • These provisions will apply to those individuals working under the portability rules. • All traveling craftpersons will be subject to: • Initial testing • Random testing – 10% pool
Testing Occasions - Portability • Craftperson will be allowed to report to work immediately after providing proof of taking required urine test. • A positive test for any prohibited substance results in immediate termination. • Craftperson who tests positive must wait 30 days to test again in order to work in the jurisdiction.
Policy Violations • Policy Violations can include; • Having a positive test result. • Failing to take a test as scheduled • Failing to keep a scheduled appointment with MAP or • Failing to participate in and/or complete the assigned treatment or education program
Policy Violations • Policy Violations can include (continued); • Substituting another substance or specimen • Providing a dilute specimen for a second time without a valid medical explanation • Providing a urine specimen which shows the presence of an adulterant
Consequences • Upon a first notice of unavailability; • Participant will be referred to the MAP for evaluation • Participant must complete recommended treatment or education program • Participant may be returned to work prior to program completion • The participant is usually placed in an accelerated testing program.
Consequences • Upon a second notice of unavailability; • Participant will be referred to the MAP for evaluation • Participant must complete recommended treatment or education program • Participant may be returned to work prior to program completion • An apprentice or participant in training will be canceled from the apprenticeship or training program • The participant will be placed in an accelerated testing program.
Consequences • Upon a third notice of unavailability within a two-year period from the preceding (second); • Participant will be referred to the MAP for evaluation • Participant must complete recommended treatment or education program • Participant may be returned to work prior to program completion • The participant will be placed in an accelerated testing program. • The participant will be required to sign a "Last Chance Agreement" between him/herself and the Alliance.
Consequences • Upon a fourth positive test within a two-year period from the preceding (third); • Participant will be referred to the MAP for evaluation • Participant must complete recommended treatment or education program • Participant may be returned to work prior to program completion • The participant will be placed in a one year accelerated testing program. (continued)
Consequences • The participant shall be terminated from employment and, if the referral procedure policy provides, is ineligible for referral until he/she has satisfactorily completed the assigned treatment or other program. • The participant will be required to sign a "Last Chance Agreement" between him/herself and the Alliance.
Consequences • ScreenSafe will let the Designated Representative know that the participant is unavailable. • Participants will receive written notices confirming their test results and providing them with information to assist them in returning to compliance.
Steps To Be Taken • Register all contractors • Identify “Designated Representatives” at all the contractor sites. • Enroll all contractor employees in program. • Participant education • Supervisory training • Initiate testing