(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 pre-employment 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. 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
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