Monday, August 25, 2008

"personally and directly watch the urine"

Can't wait until they create a title for this job, a couple of suggestions: whizintendent or pees officer.


Some transportation workers in Boston and across the country may soon have an audience when they give urine samples for workplace drug tests, according to revised federal regulations.

The new US Department of Transportation Guidelines, which take effect in November, will require "directly observed collection" of urine from employees who previously tested positive for drugs or from those whose prior urine samples appear to have been tampered with.

"The observer must personally and directly watch the urine go from the employee's body into the collection container," the new guidelines say.

Observers will also demand that those employees raise their shirt and drop their pants to ensure that the employee is not using a device to sabotage the test, the new guidelines say.

Observers are required to be the same gender as the employees being tested.

"Unfortunately, there is a flourishing industry designed to help people facilitate continuing drug use," said Brian Turmail, a spokesman for the US Department of Transportation. "The only way we can get around that is to do a visual inspection."