DOT Proposed Rule Change Regarding Electronic Signatures and Forms
Tags : DOT Compliance
The Department of Transportation (DOT) published an advance notice on August 5, 2022 whereby they welcome public comment on a Proposed Rulemaking for Electronic Signatures, Forms and Storage for Drug and Alcohol Testing Records.
The regulatory changes would apply to DOT-regulated employers and their contractors ("service agents") who administer their DOT-regulated drug and alcohol testing programs. DOT is allowing public comment until October 4, 2022 on the DOT current regulations for conducting drug and alcohol testing in the workplace for the federally regulated transportation industry and how they could be modified and modernized to allow for electronic signatures, electronic forms and data to be stored electronically.
Currently regulations mandate that signatures, forms, and data storage are all completed on tangible, paper documents. Additionally this rulemaking was released in response to a petition from April 2, 2020, requesting that an electronic version of the alcohol testing form for DOT-authorized alcohol testing be made available for use.
To read the Federal Register Notice in its entirety use the link noted below:
Public comments received will provide the DOT with valuable feedback in developing the best strategy for digitizing the Drug and Alcohol Testing process. Comments on this proposed rule change will assist DOT in the development of proposed regulatory amendments intended to provide additional flexibility and reduced costs for the industry as a whole while maintaining the integrity and confidentiality requirements of the drug and alcohol regulations.
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Posted: August 9, 2022
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