Post-Accident Thresholds Rod Sams
Overview • New post-accident regulations • Who & When to Test • Common Problems • Group exercise – Scenarios • Questions
Ancillary Vehicle • Vehicles used by armed security personnel. • Accidents involving supervisor or general manager vehicles, not used to transport passengers, do not meet this definition
Fatality • Test? • Discount driver? • Who would you test? • Driver, Dispatch, Mechanic?
Disabling Damage • Example? • Test? • Discount driver? • Who would you test? • Driver, Dispatch, Mechanic?
Non-DOT Testing • When? • Why? • Notice to employees?
Time Limits • Alcohol • Document after 2 hours • Cease after 8 hours • Drug • 32 hours
Common Errors • DOT test after every accident • Use post-accident cards
Common Errors • Testing delay w/o explanation
Audit • Did accident meet threshold? • Correcting ATF/CCF forms? • Testing w/in timeframe? • Alcohol test 1st?
FTA Post-Accident Testing Decision Tree Did any vehicle involved in the accident incur disabling damage requiring a tow from the scene? Did the accident result in a fatality? Did the accident result in bodily injury requiring immediate medical treatment away from the accident scene? No FTA Testing Complete Documentation Yes No No No Yes Yes No Yes Can the operator’s performance be completely discounted as a contributing factor to the accident? FTA Testing Required – Complete Documentation Could any other covered employee’s performance have contributed to the accident, using the best information available at the time of the decision? Yes No
More information • http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov • Fta.firstname.lastname@example.org • FTA Drug & Alcohol Project Office 617-494-6336