TSS Inc is excited to introduce David Martin to the team as our Safety Coordinator!
   Dave came to Ketchikan after high school in 1978, thinking he wanted to be a logger but it didn't pan out and he is thankful. After living in Fairbanks for awhile he landed in Ketchikan, working at the pulp mill as the Safety Coordinator, supervising 400 employees, 3 shifts 24/7/365. 
   When the mill closed he continued in Occupational Safety with a shipyard company and ultimately became Safety Coordinator for the City of Ketchikan/Ketchikan Public Utilities where he became the Assistance City General Manager for 16 years.
   Dave says, "When I left the City I wanted to get back into safety and training.  Having known Renee for years and watched her grow her business I gave her a call and asked if I could help. I guess when I really thought about it, safety was my first love. My wife says it's my hobby!"
     Dave has been married 37 years come December.  He has two grown kids, and is raising his 16 year old grandson.  he enjoys salmon fishing and shrimping with a bit of traditional archery thrown in.  Oh, and Vegas! He loves hot summer vacations to Vegas!
     "One of the things I like about TSS" David comments, "is that it seems to be a great group of people who enjoy doing what they do and I hope be a part of a team that takes training to the next level while raising awareness that SAFETY takes many forms with the end goal that no matter what we are doing, everyone comes home intact at the end of the day."

April 7, 2018  is the Health Fair in Prince of Wales, TSS will be doing low cost blood draws for Wellness Screening. 8-12 hour FASTING is required. Drink plenty of water!

April  26, 2018  is Blood Draws in our Keokuk Office at 906 Main Street  8:00 - 12:00 p.m. ! Women's Wellness, Men's Wellness,  8-12 hour FASTING is required. Drink plenty of water!
webinar training stock
You, the D.E.R.
By: Jo McGuire
April 17, 2018
$75 per person
   If you receive the drug & alcohol testing results for your company, you are required to know the responsibilities outlined in 49 CFR Part 40. We'll cover the rules, random selection, document retention and much more! Certificates of completion will be given for attending this course. (90 min)
Signs & Symptoms for Supervisors
By: Jo McGuire
May 15, 2018
$129 First Person / $89 Second Person
    How do you determine whether a Reasonable Cause situation exists in the workplace? This training will not only make the parameters clear to you but will also discuss the latest trends in employee substance use, how to approach the employee, document the situation, drug testing protocols and what the expectations are for record-keeping.  (120 min)
You, the D.E.R.
By: Jo McGuire
June 19, 2018
$75 per person
   If you receive the drug & alcohol testing results for your company, you are required to know the responsibilities outlined in 49 CFR Part 40. We'll cover the rules, random selection, document retention and much more! Certificates of completion will be given for attending this course. (90 min)
All webinars are
10:00 am AK Time
1:00 pm CS Time
To register, please email:
or call:  217.223.2300
Renee Schofield
receives Women of Distinction Award
   TSS is proud to announce that our President and CEO, Renee Schofield, was a recipient of the 2018 Women of Distinction award in Ketchikan, Alaska.
   Women of Distinction recognizes and celebrates women whose work has benefited the lives of others, honoring unsung heroes of the community, as well as those with publicly recognized achievement.  The goal is to support and encourage community members and groups to recognize women of distinction within their organizations.
   At TSS, Renee models our value statement of taking care of people each and every day. Her standards of excellence and care are both inspirational and motivational to our team members. Renee is a strong believer in giving back to the community. She has provided significant input and leadership in Ketchikan through her work with the Substance Abuse Task Force. She serves on the Alaska state Advisory Board for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, is a valued member of the state and local Chambers of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association. 
   Renee is always available to provide leadership, wisdom, guidance, creative brainstorming and solution-oriented responses with a heart of compassion and a great sense of humor. We are proud of her accomplishments and wish to congratulate her on the well-deserved Women of Distinction recognition!
TSS Inc. Staff
by David Martin, Safety Coordinator
SAFETY CORNER:  April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Trying to Stay Safe May Lead to Further Distraction!
   According to The National Safety Council distracted driving now joins alcohol and speeding as leading factors in fatal and serious injury crashes.
   We all know that many distractions exist while driving including passengers, pets, and eating, even being deep in thought. Cell phones are a top distraction because so many drivers use them for long periods of time each day. Almost everyone has seen a driver distracted by a cell phone, but when you are the one distracted, you often don't realize that driver is you.
   New technology in vehicles is causing us to become more distracted behind the wheel than ever before. In a 2016 survey, fully fifty-three percent of drivers believe that because auto manufacturers put "infotainment" dashboards and hands-free technology in vehicles, it must be safe. And, with some state laws focusing only on handheld bans (primarily texting), many drivers honestly believe they are making the safe choice by using a hands-free device. But in fact, these technologies distract our brains, even long after we've used them.
   Make no mistake: This multitasking driven technology is about convenience , not safety. Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When attempting multiple things at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it's nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this multitasking mindset results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals.
   Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities overall are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation's roadways in 2017, and distracted driving is a major contributor. 
   Each death is 100% preventable. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice command features - all pose a threat to our safety. Just one second of your attention is all takes to change a life forever. 
   The National Safety Council has designated April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month in an effort to recognize and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving.
   You can do your part, don't talk or text while driving. Lives are depending on it.
D.O.T.  & YOU
By Jo McGuire

   DOT Drug Testing: After January 1, 2018 - Still a 5-Panel
The DOT testing at HHS-certified laboratories is a 5-panel drug test regimen.  As of January 1, 2018, the 'Opiates' category was renamed 'Opioids':
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  • Opioids
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
   Under 'Opioids', previously 'Opiates', DOT testing will continue to include confirmatory testing, when appropriate, for Codeine, Morphine, and 6-AM (heroin).  We added initial and confirmatory testing for the semi-synthetic opioids Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone to this Opioids group.  Some brand names for the semi-synthetic opioids include OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Lortab®, Norco®, Dilaudid®, Exalgo®.
   Under Amphetamines, DOT testing includes confirmatory testing, when appropriate, for Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, MDMA, and MDA.  To this Amphetamines group, we added initial testing for MDA and removed testing for MDEA. 
Since January 1 st , we have required confirmation testing for 14 drugs under a 5panel test.  Broken out, here is what DOT drug testing looks like:
  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines
  1. Amphetamine
  2. Methamphetamine
  3. MDMA (Ecstasy)
  4. MDA
  • Opioids
  1. Codeine
  2. Morphine
  3. 6-AM (heroin)
  4. Hydrocodone
  5. Hydromorphone
  6. Oxycodone
  7. Oxymorphone
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
For DOT testing, what does this mean for collectors, laboratories, MROs, and employers after January 1 st  ,2018?
  • Collectors will continue to check the 5-panel box in Step 1 of the CCF: That is, the box specified for "THC, COC, PCP, OPI, AMP."
  • Laboratories will:
  • continue to report to MROs the specific drugs / drug metabolites they confirm as positive, and laboratories will add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone confirmed positives, as appropriate.
  • on their semi-annual reports to DOT and their semi-annual reports to employers add: hydrocodone; hydromorphone; oxycodone; and oxymorphone confirmed positive totals, as appropriate, under Opioids.
  • MROs will continue to report to employers the specific drugs / drug metabolite they verify as positive; and MROs will add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone verified positives, as appropriate.
  • Employers will continue to provide - on their annual MIS reports - the number of verified positive drug test results in each testing category (i.e., Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, Opioids, and PCP).
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