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Information Notice No. 91-10: Summary of Semiannual Program Performance Reports on Fitness-For-Duty (FFD) in the Nuclear Industry
UNITED STATES NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION OFFICE OF NUCLEAR REACTOR REGULATION WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555 February 12, 1991 Information Notice No. 91-10: SUMMARY OF SEMIANNUAL PROGRAM PERFORMANCE REPORTS ON FITNESS-FOR-DUTY (FFD) IN THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY Addressees: All holders of operating licenses or construction permits for nuclear power reactors. Purpose: This information notice is intended to inform licensees of the results of the industry's experience with drug and alcohol testing, as required by Part 26 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR Part 26), "Fitness-for-Duty Programs," for all personnel having unescorted access to the protected area of the plant during the first six months of 1990. The attached report, "Fitness for Duty in the Nuclear Power Industry," of January, 1991, presents a summary of 84 semiannual program performance reports provided by 54 utilities representing 75 nuclear power plant sites and 9 corporate offices. It is expected that recipients will review the information for applicability to their facilities and consider actions, as appropriate. However, suggestions contained in this information notice do not constitute NRC requirements; therefore, no specific action or written response is required. Description of Circumstances: Drug and alcohol testing programs are a central element of the FFD program required by 10 CFR Part 26. Because of the importance of this element, semi-annual reports from licensees on the performance of their drug and alcohol testing programs have been required by 10 CFR Part 26. The NRC compiled the enclosed report to summarize the industry's experience from January 3 to June 30, 1990. The information contained in the attached report comes from all current power reactor licensees. In all cases, the reported results pertain to confirmed positive test results that were verified by the Medical Review Officer. Discussion: From January 3 to June 30, 1990, licensees reported that they had conducted 137,953 tests for illegal drugs and alcohol. Of these tests, 1,313(0.95%) yielded positive results. The attached report provides information pertaining 9102060106 . IN 91-10 February 12, 1991 Page 2 of 2 to positive test results categorized by the type of tests, the type of drugs, the types of workers found to be abusing drugs, and the region in which the plant is located. The report contains other information and lessons learned that may be useful to assess FFD programs and to improve and refine these programs. This information notice requires no specific action or written response. If you have any questions about the information contained in this notice, please contact the technical contact listed below or the appropriate NRR project manager. Charles E. Rossi, Director Division of Operational Events Assessment Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation Technical Contact: Loren Bush, NRR (301) 492-0944 Attachments: 1. Fitness for Duty in the Nuclear Power Industry - Summary of Semi-annual Program Performance Reports, January, 1991 2. List of Recently Issued NRC Information Notices .
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