11.0503 Definitions.

Cite as [A.S.A.C. § 11.0503]

For the purposes of this Program, the following definitions apply:

A. Act means the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. 701 et. seq.)

B. Alcohol means the intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, ethyl alcohol or other low molecular, weight alcohol’s including methyl or isopropyl alcohol, and including any medication containing alcohol.

C. Alcohol Concentration (AC) or Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC) means the alcohol in a volume of breath expressed in terms of grams of alcohol per 0210 liters of breath as indicated by an evidential breath test.

D. Alcohol Use means the consumption of any beverage, mixture or preparation, including any medication, containing alcohol.

E. LBJ Medical Center means Lyndon Bird Johnson Medical Center, a quasi-governmental entity created pursuant to Title 13, A.S.C.A.

F. Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) means an Employee who is certified in the operation of an evidential breath testing (EBT) device. The BAT obtains both initial and confirmation alcohol tests with or without trained assistance.

G. Collection Site means a place used for conducting drug and/or alcohol tests.

H. Collection Site Person means a technician or other person trained and qualified to take urine samples and to secure urine samples for later laboratory analysis.

I. Confirmation Test means, for drug testing, a second analytical procedure, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, to identify the presence of a specific drug. For alcohol testing, a second test, following a screening test with a result of 0.02 or greater, that provides quantitative data of alcohol concentration.

J. Confirmed Positive Test means, for drugs, a finding based on a positive initial or screening test result, confirmed by another positive test on the same sample. The confirmatory test must be by the gas chromatography/mass spectrometry method.

K. Counseling means assistance provided by qualified professionals to Employees, especially, but not limited to those Employees whose job performance is, or might be, impaired as a result of alcohol and/or illegal drug use or a medical-behavioral problem; such assistance may include short-term counseling and assessment, crisis intervention, referral to outside treatment facilities, and follow-up services to the Employee after completion of treatment and return to work.

L. Drug Certification means a written assurance signed by an Employee with known past illegal drug involvement, as a condition for obtaining or retaining employment, stating that the Employee will refrain from using or being involved with illegal drugs while employed in a position with LBJ.

M. Employee means any Employee of LBJ. For the purpose of pre-employment/pre-duty testing the term Employee includes a person applying for employment with LBJ.

N. Employee Assistance means a program of counseling, referral, and educational services concerning illegal drug use and other medical, mental, emotional, or personal problems of Employees, particularly those which adversely affect behavior and job performance.

O. Evidential Breath Testing Device (EBT) means a device that has been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to ensure alcohol concentration.

P. Illegal Drug, subject to the further provisions herein, means a controlled substance, as specified in A.S.C.A. §13.10 et. seq.

Q. Medical Review Officer (MRO) means a licensed doctor of medicine or osteopathy with knowledge of drug abuse disorders, who is employed or used by LBJ to review laboratory drug testing results and verify positive test results for drug testing. A MRO reviews testing procedures, and evaluates and counsels Employees with positive alcohol and drug test results.

R. Occurrence means any event or incident that is a deviation from the planned or expected behavior or course of events in connection with any LBJ or LBJ-controlled operation, if the deviation has environmental, or public health and safety significance. Incidents having such significance include the following, or incidents of a similar nature, involving LBJ Employees:

1. Injury or fatality to any person involving actions of a LBJ Employee.

2. Involvement in an incident which results in an explosion, fire, personal injury or death, or significant damage to property.

3. Accidental release of pollutants which results or could result in a significant effect on the public or environment.

4. LBJ Employee receiving a citation for a moving traffic violation within the scope of employment, or at any time when involving alcohol or illegal drugs.

S. Random Testing means the unscheduled, unannounced urine drug testing of randomly selected individuals in Testing-Designated Positions, by a process designed to ensure that selections are made in a non-discriminatory manner.

T. Reasonable Suspicion means a suspicion based on an articulable belief that an Employee improperly uses alcohol or illegal drugs, drawn from particularized facts and reasonable inferences from those facts, as detailed further in §4.2716 (b)(2.2.3.).

U. Referral means the direction of an Employee toward an Employee Assistance Program or to an outside treatment facility by the Employee Assistance Program professional, for assistance with prevention of illegal drug use, treatment, or rehabilitation from alcohol or illegal drug use or other problems. Referrals to an Employee Assistance Program can be made by the Employee (self-referral), LBJ supervisors or managers.

V. Rehabilitation means a formal treatment process aimed at the resolution of behavioral-medical problems, including alcohol or illegal drug use, and resulting in such resolution.

W. Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) means a licensed physician, or a licensed or certified psychologist, social worker, Employee assistance professional, or addiction counselor (certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission) with knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and drug-related disorders. The role of the SAP in the program is to evaluate the need for a rehabilitation plan for Employees referred to the SAP, develop a rehabilitation program as required, monitor and assist the Employee in their progress to return to full duties and schedule return-to-duty and follow-up tests.

X. Testing-Designated Position names a position whose incumbents are subject to drug testing under this part.

History: Rule 07-98, eff. Feb. 9, 1999.