FAA seeks to fine Pemco for failing to administer drug testing

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The US FAA is proposing a $170,000 civil penalty against maintenance, repair and overhaul firm Pemco for allegedly failing to administer pre-employment drug tests.

FAA claims Pemco failed to run drug tests for two individuals hired for safety-sensitive positions. The agency also alleges Pemco did not carry-out follow up drug and alcohol testing on eight individuals reinstated after completing return-to-duty training in 2008.

"In all, the company failed to carry out 24 required follow-up tests," says FAA.

FAA states it inspected Pemco's pre-employment test programme three times, and each time the agency determined it had not complied with requirements.

The fine against Pemco follows a proposed $1.03 million penalty against ST Aerospace's subsidiary in San Antonio, Texas for also allegedly failing to carry out pre-employment drug tests.