Senate Bill No. 623
(By Senators Palumbo, Tucker and Snyder)
[Introduced February 17, 2014; referred to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §22A-1A-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training administration and substance abuse; and requiring employers to notify the director of a positive drug or alcohol test, refusing to submit a sample, possessing a substituted sample, submitting a substituted sample, possessing an adulterated sample or submitting an adulterated sample.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §22A-1A-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1A. OFFICE OF MINERS’ HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAINING; ADMINISTRATION; SUBSTANCE ABUSE.
§22A-1A-1. Substance abuse screening; minimum requirements; standards and procedures for screening.
(a) Every employer of certified persons, as defined in section two, article one of this chapter, shall implement a substance abuse screening policy and program that shall, at a minimum, include:
(1) A preemployment, ten-panel urine test for the following and any other substances as set out in rules adopted by the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training:
(E) Phencyclidine (PCP),
(I) Barbiturates, and
(J) Synthetic narcotics.
Split samples shall be collected by providers who are certified as complying with standards and procedures set out in the United States Department of Transportation’s rule, 49 CFR Part 40, which may be amended from time to time by legislative rule of the Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. Collected samples shall be tested by laboratories certified by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for collection and testing. Notwithstanding the provisions of this subdivision, the mine operator may implement a more stringent substance abuse screening policy and program;
(2) A random substance abuse testing program covering the substances referenced in subdivision (1) of this subsection. “Random testing” means that each person subject to testing has a statistically equal chance of being selected for testing at random and at unscheduled times. The selection of persons for random testing shall be made by a scientifically valid method, such as a random number table or a computer-based random number generator that is matched with the persons’ social security numbers, payroll identification numbers, or other comparable identifying numbers; and
(3) Review of the substance abuse screening program with all persons required to be tested at the time of employment, upon a change in the program and annually thereafter.
(b) For purposes of this subsection, preemployment testing shall be required upon hiring by a new employer, rehiring by a former employer following a termination of the employer/employee relationship, or transferring to a West Virginia mine from an employer’s out-of-state mine to the extent that any substance abuse test required by the employer in the other jurisdiction does not comply with the minimum standards for substance abuse testing required by this article. Furthermore, the provisions of this section apply to all employers that employ certified persons who work in mines, regardless of whether that employer is an operator, contractor, subcontractor or otherwise.
(c) The employer or his or her agent shall notify the director at least quarterly, on a form prescribed by the director, of the number of preemployment substance abuse screening tests administered during the prior calendar quarter and the number of positive test results associated with the substance abuse screening tests administered.
(d) The employer or his or her agent shall notify the director, on a form prescribed by the director, within seven days following completion of an arbitration conducted pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement applicable to the certified person, if any, of discharging a certified person for violation of the employer’s substance abuse screening policy and program. of a positive drug or alcohol test for each person failing a random test, preemployment test, reasonable suspicion test, post accident test, refusing to submit a sample, possessing a substituted sample, submitting a substituted sample, possessing an adulterated sample or submitting an adulterated sample. The notification shall be accompanied by a record of the test showing positive results or other violation. Notice shall result in the immediate temporary suspension of all certificates held by the certified person who failed the screening, pending a hearing before the board of appeals pursuant to section two of this article.
(e) Suspension or revocation of a certified person’s certificate as a miner or other miner specialty in another jurisdiction by the applicable regulatory or licensing authority for substance abuse-related matters shall result in the director immediately and temporarily suspending the certified person’s West Virginia certificate until such time as the certified person’s certification is reinstated in the other jurisdiction.
(f) The provisions of this article shall not be construed to preclude an employer from developing or maintaining a drug and alcohol abuse policy, testing program or substance abuse program that exceeds the minimum requirements set forth in this section. The provisions of this article shall also not be construed to require an employer to alter, amend, revise or otherwise change, in any respect, a previously established substance abuse screening policy and program that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements set forth in this section. The provisions of this article shall require an employer to subject its employees who as part of their employment are regularly present at a mine and who are employed in a safety-sensitive position to preemployment and random substance abuse tests: Provided, That each employer shall retain the discretion to establish the parameters of its substance abuse screening policy and program so long as it meets the minimum requirements of this article. For purposes of this section, a “safety-sensitive position” means an employment position where the employee’s job responsibilities include duties and activities that involve the personal safety of the employee or others working at a mine.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require mining company employers to notify the director of a positive drug or alcohol test, refusing to submit a sample, possessing a substituted sample, submitting a substituted sample, possessing an adulterated sample or submitting an adulterated sample.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.