January 10, 2020
ANNUAL MIS REPORTS – MARCH 15, 2020 FILING DEADLINE
MIS reports are due on an annual basis from the following entities:
- All Part 121 operators regardless of size
- All entities that have DOT safety-sensitive covered employees. 100% compliance is required.
We have already sent your MIS forms with instructions via email separately. You will also be receiving an official notice from the FAA in USPS shortly. There are several ways to file this report including online/email/fax/USPS. Make sure you sign and date the form(s) and follow the instructions. A Copy is required to be kept in your files for 5 years.
Annual Reports certifying that FLIGHTLINE DRUG TESTING maintained compliance with Consortium wide random testing and the MRO Certifications throughout 2019 are enclosed for your files. Please file in a separate labelled folder.
PRIA BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS
We are often asked about retention of records. PRIA backgrounds require a previous employer to furnish all test results, including negative drug and alcohol test results for the past five years. This requirement differs from what is required under 49CFR40.25. The response to a drug and alcohol records release requires annotating the release form and only providing the results if there were a drug positive, alcohol result of 0.04 or greater or a refusal to test. Since PRIA requires the actual test results you must maintain these records for five years, typically for a pilot/crew member.
NEW HIRES - PRIOR EMPLOYER TESTING HISTORY
We would like to remind you that the Release of Information form must be used, as discussed in 49CFR40.25(a). The FAA is cracking down on those that don’t. This form is important to ensure that you have information from prior employers that employed your new hire under a safety-sensitive position. This also is intended to protect you with prior drug testing information that may affect your drug testing and employment records. You have 30 days to have it returned to you. If you have questions concerning this form or its use, please contact our office for clarification.
SAVE THE DATE - FLIGHTLINE SEMINAR 2020 – MAY 14, 2020
GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS OF THE FEDERAL PROGRAM
The provisions of FAR 121 Appendices “I”&”J” and FAR 120 Subpart E and Subpart F are NOT enforceable outside the geographical borders of the United States. Individuals who are assigned to overseas stations cannot be tested under the DOT program in those locales. Random, post-accident and testing for reasonable suspicion cannot be accomplished. Company policies might address these situations, but the machinations of those policies cannot enter into the calculations of the DOT program.
Medicines obtained by prescription or through legitimate pharmaceutical agencies outside the U.S., which are legal in the country of acquisition may create a problem for the MRO if they are subsequently used within the United States borders and show up on drug testing. This conundrum is within the judgment of the MRO to resolve. However, illegal drugs may be easily available in some countries but that does not legitimize them in the U.S. For example, just because marijuana is a sacramental substance in some Caribbean religions does not justify its acquisition and use by persons resident in the U.S and employed in a safety-sensitive position.
But some resourceful and imaginative people never stop trying!
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WHAT IS KRATOM?
Kratom is a tropical tree (Mitragyna speciosa) native to Southeast Asia, with leaves that contain compounds that can have psychotropic (mind-altering) effects. Kratom is not currently an illegal substance and has been easy to order on the internet. It is sometimes sold as a green powder in packets labeled "not for human consumption." It is also sometimes sold as an extract or gum. Kratom sometimes goes by the following names: Biak, Ketum, Kakuam, Ithang, Thom. How do people use kratom? Most people take kratom as a pill, capsule, or extract. Some people chew kratom leaves or brew the dried or powdered leaves as a tea. Sometimes the leaves are smoked or eaten in food.
How does kratom affect the brain? Kratom can cause effects similar to both opioids and stimulants. Two compounds in kratom leaves, mitragynine and 7-α-hydroxymitragynine, interact with opioid receptors in the brain, producing sedation, pleasure, and decreased pain, especially when users consume large amounts of the plant. Mitragynine also interacts with other receptor systems in the brain to produce stimulant effects. When kratom is taken in small amounts, users report increased energy, sociability, and alertness instead of sedation. However, kratom can also cause uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effects.
What are the health effects of kratom? Reported health effects of kratom use include: nausea, itching, sweating, dry mouth, constipation, increased urination, loss of appetite, seizures, hallucinations.
Can a Person overdose on kratom? There have been multiple reports of deaths in people who had ingested kratom, but most have involved other substances. A 2019 paper analyzing data from the National Poison Data System found that between 2011-2017 there were 11 deaths associated with kratom exposure. Nine of the 11 deaths reported in this study involved kratom plus other drugs and medicines, such as diphenhydramine (an antihistamine), alcohol, caffeine, benzodiazepines, fentanyl, and cocaine. Two deaths were reported following exposure from kratom alone with no other reported substances.* In 2017, the FDA identified at least 44 deaths related to kratom, with at least one case investigated as possible use of pure kratom. The FDA reports note that many of the kratom-associated deaths appeared to have resulted from adulterated products or taking kratom with other potent substances, including illicit drugs, opioids, benzodiazepines, alcohol, gabapentin, and over-the-counter medications, such as cough syrup. Also, there have been some reports of kratom packaged as dietary supplements or dietary ingredients that were laced with other compounds that caused deaths. People should check with their health care providers about the safety of mixing kratom with other medicines
Flightline/BTI can provide you with the most up-to-date diverse investigative support for your company. You may only need a simple level 1 background check this week and then next week your company may require a due diligence investigation involving a hundred million dollar transaction. Simple background investigations can reveal potential issues prior to hiring staff members. DUI and other infractions might warrant further diligence on the part of your company before a hire occurs. The staff at Flightline/ BTI has over twenty five years of law enforcement and investigative experience. These investigators pride themselves on having the ability, knowledge and contacts worldwide to assist you with your needs. Please do not hesitate to call us for an initial consultation