QED Test Frequently Asked Questions (Continued)
How will planned revisions to the DOT Regulations affect my certification?
The DOT has released its proposed new rule, the comment period on which closed April 7, 2000. The DOT is advocating re-certification for all STTs every two years. OraSure Technologies, Inc. will continue it’s "train the trainer" program for STTs to help people comply with current and future regulations.
Can books in the (Screening Test Technician) STT video kit be copied?
No. The materials are copyrighted and therefore cannot be reproduced. It is for that reason we have produced additional student kits. QED distributors price extra student kits inexpensively to encourage additional certification under the law.
Will the QED test react with ketone often found in the saliva of diabetic patients?
No. Unlike breath analyzers and other saliva tests, the QED test is specific to ethyl alcohol and will not cross-react with acetone and ketone produced by diabetic patients.
Will the QED device work if it is stored at temperatures outside the range on the packaging?
Storing and using QED tests at room temperature (15-30°C, 59-86°F) insures optimal performance and a full shelf life. However, the QED test will work fine if exposed to temperatures outside that range for limited periods. We tested the QED device under a wide range of temperatures and storage conditions -- simulating the inside of a vehicle glove box on a hot summer day (about 120°F) and the lonely cold of North Dakota in January (about 0°F). In all cases, the test performed as it should. Before using a QED Saliva Alcohol Test exposed to extreme heat, allow the device to cool to room temperature; if the QED device is exposed to extreme cold, put it into a pocket to warm it up.
How can companies using the QED test in very remote areas comply with the DOT’s requirement that confirmation tests on positive screening tests must be conducted within 30 minutes?
The DOT will accept results of confirmation tests conducted more than 30 minutes after a positive screening test. Look to 49 CFR Part 40 section 40.65, paragraph (b). The DOT added a sentence which directs the Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) to simply explain "why?" if a confirmation test is done more than 30 minutes after a screening test. This is not a fatal flaw.
Why should I buy the QED Saliva Alcohol Test if I need an Evidential Breath Testing (EBT) to confirm positive test results?
The QED test is much less expensive to operate than a breath test, unless you conduct a very high volume of tests in a central location. By and large, each test done on saliva instead of breath saves money. Plus, performing two independent tests is more legally defensible on the rare occasion an employee does test positive for alcohol.
What are the quality control (QC) requirements for the QED test?
Control checks, using OraSure Technologies’ QED ethanol control solution should be run once per lot number of QED® tests. CLIA waived status eliminated the need for daily control checks.
How do I order?
QED tests are sold in cases of 100, cartons of 30 and boxes of 10 by a national network of safety, medical, occupational and laboratory distributors.