Sat, Jun 18, 2011
Fines Issued For Violation Of Drug Testing Policy
The FAA has proposed to assess a $584,375 civil penalty against
United Airlines, Inc., of Elk Grove Village, IL, for allegedly
violating FAA and U.S. DOT regulations for random drug and
alcohol testing of safety-sensitive employees.
The FAA alleges United failed to perform required pre-employment
drug tests and receive verified negative test results before
transferring 13 individuals to safety-sensitive positions, as
required by FAA and DoT regulations.
The FAA also cited United for allegedly failing to use a
scientifically valid method to ensure that each member of the
company’s flight crews, all of whom are safety-sensitive
employees, has an equal chance of being selected for random drug
and alcohol testing each time a selection is made. The FAA warned
United at least twice before that the company’s random test
selection methods did not give each eligible flight crew member an
equal chance of being selected.
“Drug testing is both a critical and a required safety
measure that all operators must follow,” said FAA
Administrator Randy Babbitt.
United Airlines has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA’s
enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
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