Each firm must have a written policy on drug and alcohol use.
This must be signed by all members and a copy must posted.
We will supply you with a compliant policy.
Records must be kept for all test results, negatives for 1
year, positives for 5 years. Keys Consortium maintains all
test results for you. We also complete the annual MIS form
for each client in good standing.
1 hour of training on drug and alcohol use/abuse for each
employee is required. We provide the necessary video and written
materials with paid membership.
Testing must be done by a lab that meets DOT/HRS standards.
Keys Consortium tests are done in strict accordance with the
DOT/HRS by certified collection site technicians and processed
by a SAMHSA certified lab.
All results must be reviewed by a certified MRO. The Keys
Consortium provides a MRO that reviews each test result. In
case of a positive the MRO will interview the donor by telephone
to determine if there is a valid reason for the results.
A negative test result must be provided prior to membership
into any drug testing program. A test is not necessary if
proof of a negative result is provided from within 6 months
of membership date with no positive result during that 6 month
period or during the previous 185 days proof of membership
in another compliant drug program in good standing for at
least 60 days.
All members are required to be randomly tested at a rate of
50% of testing pool. Selection must be statistically valid
so that there is an equal chance for any member to be selected.
Keys Consortium administers a valid program for all members.
All random tests are covered with membership, regardless of
number of times a member is selected.
If the employer believes an employee is using an illegal drug
they must arrange for a specimen to be collected. We will
advise members of what constitutes reasonable cause and perform
testing if necessary.
Marine Incident Testing
The marine employer shall ensure that all persons directly
involved in a serious marine incident are tested. Keys Consortium
is available 24/7 in the event of an incident
Periodic tests must be done for license issue, license renewals
and upgrades. Members enrolled over 60 days are exempt from
periodic testing. We will provide you with a letter to give
to the Coast Guard upon renewal.
The use of the Term U.S. Coast Guard does not imply endorsement
by the U.S. Coast Guard, it is used for descriptive purposes
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