Recent changes to Federal Pipeline Regulations now require ALL individuals conducting replacement, renewal, maintenance, and repair activities on pipeline facilities, to include the customer service line, to be "Qualified" to perform the tasks.
To be "qualified," the individual must be evaluated to assure they are capable of performing the tasks properly and safely, in accordance with Dominion procedures, utilizing approved materials. Further, they must be able to properly recognize and react to any abnormal operating condition they may encounter while performing these tasks.
The regulations also require all persons performing these tasks to be enrolled in an approved Drug and Alcohol Testing Program.
Individuals desiring to qualify may contact an authorized agent of Dominion for an evaluation.
Currently, Dominion has authorized the following agencies to perform evaluations for work in its service territory:
Utilities Technology International (UTI)
Professional Utility Resources (PUR)
To schedule for an evaluation, please contact one of the above listed evaluators for information regarding their next session in your area.
Drug and Alcohol Programs
There are several components required in order to comply with the Department of Transportation - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (DOT-PHMSA) regulations regarding Drug and Alcohol Programs. Some examples are: A PHMSA Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Plan, pre-employment and random testing for prohibited substances, post accident and reasonable cause testing for alcohol and prohibited substances, training, recording keeping, and an Employee Assistance Program.
Though some contractors are known to self-administer their company's drug and alcohol program, the majority join a consortium in order to comply with these Drug and Alcohol testing requirements. There are several available to provide the administration of these regulatory requirements. Although we do not endorse one consortium, below is a listing of several national consortiums. Please contact them by phone or mail, if interested.
Pipeline Testing Consortium, Inc.
9 Compound Drive
Hutchinson, KS 67502
Phone: 1-800-294-8758 D.D.T.A. Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 461
East Palestine, OH 44413
Spectrum Medial Services, Inc.
6505 Mars Road
Cranberry Township, PA 16066
Substance Abuse Management, Inc.
500 North 19th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Bem Enterprises, Inc
145 Eagle Avenue
Indiana, PA 15701
Route 30 East
10 Oakley Park
Greensburg, PA 15601
P.O. Box 266
Mogadore, OH 44260
1221 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH 43130
You are encouraged to visit the DOT website for more detail on the drug and alcohol testing regulations.
Steps to Getting Started in a DOT-PHMSA Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Program
If you have questions or need additional information contact:
19221 I-45 South
Shenandoah, Texas 77385
Toll Free: 800-426-1604