b'U.S. COAST GUARD (USCG) DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATIONThis advanced notice has determined through REGULATORY ANPRM ELECTRONIC CHART (DOT) ANPRM ELECTRONIC extrapolation of experience data that an under AND NAVIGATIONAL EQUIPMENTSIGNATURES FOR DRUG AND reporting of heat related injury and illness is CARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS ALCOHOL TESTING prevalentinindustrialandotherworkenvi-Docket USCG-2021-0291 DOT-OST-2022-0027ronments. The ANPRM has determined that ThisadvancenoticeofproposedrulemakingThis notice concerns the updating of the cus- this under reporting and vague determination seekscommentsregardingpossiblemodifica- todyandcontrolformusedtoreportdrugof the entitys general duty clause for em-tions to the chart and navigational equipmenttesting results. The regulations currently doployers leads to significant legal challenges in carriage requirements in titles 33 and 46 of thenot recognize digital records and the Secretarycases of enforcement and litigation. This well Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This AN- of Transportation is under a legislative require- researched and lengthy Federal Register AN-PRM outlines the Coast Guards broad strategyment to issue a final rule in this matter by Feb.PRM seeks to remedy what OSHA sees as lim-to revise its CFR chart and navigational-equip- 28, 2025. The discussion here essentially pro- itations on its effectiveness in heat-related areas ment carriage requirements, to implement statu- poses to add to the drug testing regulations aof illness and death. They do this through pre-tory electronic-chart-use provisions for commer- digital reporting system to parallel the existingsenting a detailed discussion of current studies cial U.S.-flagged vessels, to include self-propelledwet ink regulations. The federal employeeandknowledgeofheat-relatedillnessesand vessels of at least 65 feet in overall length, passen- system is already using electronic forms so thisthen ask the reader for feedback on industrys ger vessels for hire, towing vessels of more thanis not a unique undertaking. knowledge, experience, and opinions through 26 feet in overall length and 600 horsepower,the answers to 114 questions. PVA discussed and certain foreign-flagged vessels operating inOCCUPATIONAL SAFETY ANDwith the ANPRM authors our knowledge of the waters of the United States. This ANPRMHEALTH ADMINISTRATION (OSHA)anexistingmemorandumofunderstanding is necessary to meet the NOAA sunsetting of theANPRM HEAT AND ILLNESS SAFETY(MOU)executedbetweentheCoastGuard production of raster and paper charts by JanuaryIN INDOOR AND OUTDOOR SETTINGS and OSHA in 1983. That MOU determined 2025. Review the PVA docket comment here. OSHA-2021-2009that the Coast Guard is the dominant federal agency with the statutory authority to prescribe and enforce standards or regulations affecting the occupational safety and health of seamen aboard inspected vessels. Any proposed reg-ulationsshouldnotapplytoshipboardper-sonnel but can apply to shoreside employees. Review the PVA docket comment here.DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) PROCEDURES FORTRANSPORTATION WORKPLACE DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTINGPROGRAMS: ADDITION OF ORAL FLUID SPECIMEN TESTING FOR DRUGS. (NPRM)DOT-OST-2021- 0093The Department of Transportation is propos-ingtoamendthetransportationindustrys drugtestingprogramproceduresregulation to include oral fluid testing. This will give em-ployers a choice that will help combat employ-ee cheating on urine drug tests and provide a moreeconomicalandlessintrusivemeans of achieving the safety goals of the program. Theproposalincludesotherprovisionsto updatethedepartmentsregulation,andto harmonize, as needed, with the new Manda-tory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs using Oral Fluid established by the Department of Health and Human Ser-vices. Oral fluid testing is not an under-the-in-fluence determinant, but its two-day detection periodovercomesthepotentiallymisleading urine test which may show evidence of mari-juana use reaching back more than a month. Review the PVA docket comment here.FOGHORN 24'