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OKLAHOMA LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS
PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY THE CENTER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY, SPONSORED JOINTLY BY THE
FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION, THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE OKLAHOMA COMMISSION ON COUNTY
GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL, EDUCATION AND TRAINING.
edited by Douglas Wright
Substance Testing Required For All
The Federal Highway Administration is implementing
regulations that will require all holders of Commercial
Driver Licenses (CDL's) to be tested by their employers
for the use of alcohol and controlled substances. These
new regulations will apply to commercial employers, as
well as federal agencies, tribal governments, states,
cities, counties, school districts, etc. who employ CDL
The implementation dates for the new regulations are as
January 1, 1995 for
employers with 50 or more
drivers as of 3/17/94.
January 1, 1996 for
employers with less than
50 drivers as of 3/17/94.
The new regulations will
include requirements for
reasonable cause, and
post-accident testing (no
more biennial tests), as
well as return-to-duty and
follow-up testing. The
regulations require testing
for five controlled
cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, and PCP. Alcohol
tests will be conducted using approved breath testing
As the implementation dates are approaching fast,
employers are urged not to delay in making arrangements
to set up their testing programs. To assist counties in
Oklahoma, the Center for Local Government Technology
will offer a workshop on how to set up a drug testing
program. Dates for this training will be announced soon.
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