Inspection Ready?

We specialize in helping companies become inspection ready for FAA and NASA program inspections. NASA inspections are based on contractual requirements and are therefore specific to the requirements in your NASA Contracts. The FAA inspections are based on Federal Regulations and apply to every company performing FAA-covered work. As an example of your inspection readiness for an FAA inspection, you may want to take the following self-assessment.

The following ten questions represent just a few of the many things you need to know to manage an FAA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Answer these questions now and receive immediate feedback. No one will see this self-assessment except you (See our Privacy Statement).

 Self Assessment - Are You Inspection Ready?

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1. My company uses a temp agency to periodically supply extra personnel to perform FAA safety-sensitive duties at our Part 145 Repair Station. The agency performs a 10-panel drug screen and their standard employee background check. Therefore, we can use these temps to do covered work.

2. We are recruiting a person who has held a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) as a tractor-trailer driver for the past two years. She has applied for a position as an inspector in our airline's Overhaul and Repair Department, checking that repairs were properly made to parts being returned to service on our commercial aircraft. I know I must obtain documentation from her prior employer regarding her DOT drug and alcohol testing records for the past two years within 30 days of starting work. I hear that unless the records are obtained, or I have a documented good faith effort to obtain the records, I must remove her from that position at the end of 30 days.

3. Part 119 Certificate Holders authorized to conduct operations under Part 121 or Part 135 or operators under 14 CFR part 94.147 cannot use any contractor to perform covered work for them unless that contractor provides each of its employees performing that function for them and his or her supervisor with the drug training specified in 14 CFR part 120.

4. In order to comply with the FAA's post-accident testing requirement, we must conduct a drug test after every lost-time shop accident.

5. If the clinic you have contracted with to collect urine specimens for DOT drug tests or perform breath alcohol tests makes an error which is found during an FAA inspection of your program, your company - not the clinic - will be cited for the violation.

6. One time on-duty use of drugs or alcohol, or two verified positive drug tests conducted after September 19, 1994, or two breath alcohol test results of 0.04 BAC or greater results in the person being barred from performing that type of safety-sensitive duty for any employer in his/her lifetime.

7. A Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) may conduct a telephone interview with an employee who had a BAC equal to or greater than 0.04 to evaluate the needed treatment and education, and has sole discretion whether to prescribe any follow-up tests he/she professionally thinks appropriate during the first year after return to duty.

8. During an FAA inspection, I am required to produce certain documents at my workplace for review by the FAA inspectors, even if those records are maintained by service agents at offsite locations.

9. Individual drug and alcohol testing records may be released to the FAA during an inspection without the employee's prior written consent.

10. Sanctions from an FAA inspection can range from administrative action (such as a letter of correction) to legal action resulting in the suspension or revocation of your operating certificate.

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