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If you failed or refused a drug or alcohol test at work, you do!
If you are covered by USDOT or US Coast Guard as an employee who does "safety-sensitive" work, like a CDL driver for example, and have a violation, that is you refused or failed an alcohol and/or drug test, you are required to complete the Return-to-Duty process before you are eligible to do safety-sensitive work again.
With the explosive growth of the Oil and Gas Industry, many if not most companies involved in the industry require employees to be tested. Typically, companies use a third party administrator (TPA) to manage the process. DISA Global Solutions is one example of a TPA. Have questions? Click here.
The details: The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations (49CFR, Part 40, for example) require random drug testing for a wide variety of employees in both public and private sectors. Most of them are subject to random alcohol breath testing as well. When an employee who works in a job that affects public safety has a "violation" (a failed or refused test), that employee is required to complete the Return-to-Duty (RTD) process. Employees with a violation are ineligible for safety-sensitive duties until they complete the RTD process. The process starts with an evaluation by a Qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP). Dr. Fred has been providing SAP evaluations since 1999.
The list of covered employees is a long one. It includes all CDL drivers, most oilfield or refinery workers, and many others who are subject to drug and alcohol testing for work purposes. Employees who work directly for DOT agencies or work for companies that perform safety-sensitive duties are included. This includes but is not limited to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the Office of the Secretary (OST) and any other DOT designees. Home