On April 23, 2019, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) adopted changes to its drug testing regulations to make the different drug testing programs more consistent. For the pipeline industry, the change was to the definition of a prohibited drug in 49 CFR 199.3. The new definition is now “any of the substances specified in 49 CFR part 40.” DOT also changed Appendix H in 49 CFR 40 which is the form PHMSA requires large operators (more than 50 covered persons) to report testing results. These changes are effective as of April 23, 2019.
For a copy of DOT’s Final Rule posted in the Federal Register, contact Jessica Foley.