Plumbing Industry Drug-Free Alliance ScreenSafe, Inc. Program Administrators
The Alliance The Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago and Cook County and Plumbing Union Local 130 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 Employee Assistance Program (EAP); • 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.
Testing Procedures • Names picked from the random pool. • ScreenSafe has access to the Unions database to find out where the 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 Plumbing 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 • If participant is unemployed they will receive 1 hour wages with regular fringe benefits • 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, EAP 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 been non-compliant. 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
Pre-Employment Testing • All those applying for employment, union membership or placement in the apprentice program with any employer or local union shall be subject to pre-employment testing by way of a hair follicle and urine analysis. • Upon a legitimate non-compliant test the applicant will be denied employment, union membership or entry to the apprentice or training program. Those applicants that have been denied under this section will be ineligible to reapply for a period of one year from the date of denial, or upon verified completion in a MAP/EAP designated program at the individuals’ expense.
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 • Failure to call the MRO • Failing to keep a scheduled appointment with EAP 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 EAP for evaluation • Participant must complete recommended treatment or education program • An apprentice or participant in training shall be referred to the training coordinator and action could include referral to EAP, disciplinary action or cancellation from the training program • The participant will be 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 form 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 EAP 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.
Implementation of Program • Decide upon a “Helping Program/EAP” • Register all contractors • Identify “Designated Representatives” at all the contractor sites. • Enroll all contractor employees in program. • Participant education • Supervisory training • Initiate testing