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Substance Abuse Professionals
|Here is How The SAP Back-to-Work Evaluation Works:
· Evaluation. You meet with a SAP who conducts an evaluation. The
evaluation process takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Several evaluative
instruments are administered.
· Determination. The SAP determines if you need assistance with the
alcohol misuse or illegal drug problem. The SAP must provide appropriate
documentation to that person who is your company's designated employer
representative (DER) to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
· Education or treatment referral. The SAP will refer you to the appropriate
education or treatment services based upon the needs identified in your
evaluation. At a minimum, the SAP or SAP must recommend substance abuse
education. If necessary, you will receive a referral to two facilities that provide the
services you are required to complete.
· Return-to-duty evaluation: The SAP will conduct follow-up evaluation to
determine if you have complied with the recommendations for treatment or
education that you were given when you first
· Follow-up testing. The SAP will develope a follow-up testing schedule.
The SAP may recommend drug and alcohol testing for those employees who have
problems of abuse of more than one substance. You are required to complete at
least six tests in the first year upon your return to safety sensitive duty on your job.
The SAP will recommend continuation of testing up to sixty months. The SAP may
also recommend a "continuing care" regimen (aftercare, meeting with your 12-Step
sponsor, 12-Step meetings, etc).
Understanding The DOT Substance Abuse Process
In 1991, Congress passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act. This act mandated that people
who work in safety-sensitive positions in the transportation industry - such as pilots, truck drivers, bus drivers,
etc. - are subject to drug testing and alcohol testing, and requires DOT agencies to perform such testing.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires companies employing individuals performing safety
sensitive jobs to conduct the following types of drug and alcohol tests:
Return to Duty
If you are a person who works in a safety-sensitive job, and you fail (or refuse) a test, your employer is
required to immediately remove you from safety-sensitive positions until you have:
Undergone an evaluation by a DOT licensed Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
Successfully completed any course, counseling or treatment prescribed by the SAP
Undergone a follow-up evaluation by the same SAP to determine if you have complied with their
Provided a breath or urine specimen which tests negative for drugs or alcohol
Benefits of DOT/SAP Process:
Employers who refer employees with a DOT violation for SAP Services remain in DOT compliance.
All SAP reporting will satisfy DOT requirements.
Support and consultation will be provided regarding any and all SAP reports or DOT auditing.
Under CFR 49 Part 40, an individual testing positive MUST be referred to a Qualified Substance Abuse
Gordon Leith, SAP will conduct a face-to-face clinical assessment, monitor the case, and will conduct a
compliance interview, as well as provide a follow-up testing schedule.
Face-to-face clinical drug and alcohol assessment
Case-management & monitoring
Follow-up testing schedule
All reports meet Department of Transportation requirements
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The Administrations of the Dept. of Transportation
The top priorities at DOT are to keep the traveling public safe and secure, increase their mobility, and have our
transportation system contribute to the nation's economic growth.
DOT employs almost 55,000 people across the country, in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST)
and its operating administrations and bureaus, each with its own management and organizational structure.
Leadership of the DOT is provided by the Secretary of Transportation, who is the principal adviser to the
President in all matters relating to federal transportation programs. The Secretary is assisted by the Deputy
Secretary in this role. The Office of the Secretary (OST) oversees the formulation of national transportation
policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities range from negotiation and
implementation of international transportation agreements, assuring the fitness of US airlines, enforcing airline
consumer protection regulations, issuance of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in
transportation systems and preparing transportation legislation.
Federal Aviation Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) oversees the safety of civil aviation. The safety mission of the FAA is
first and foremost and includes the issuance and enforcement of regulations and standards related to the
manufacture, operation, certification and maintenance of aircraft. The agency is responsible for the rating and
certification of airmen and for certification of airports serving air carriers. It also regulates a program to protect
the security of civil aviation, and enforces regulations under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act for
shipments by air.
The FAA, which operates a network of airport towers, air route traffic control centers, and flight service stations,
develops air traffic rules, allocates the use of airspace, and provides for the security control of air traffic to meet
national defense requirements. Other responsibilities include the construction or installation of visual and
electronic aids to air navigation and promotion of aviation safety internationally. The FAA, which regulates and
encourages the U.S. commercial space transportation industry, also licenses commercial space launch facilities
and private sector launches.
Federal Highway Administration
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) coordinates highway transportation programs in cooperation with
states and other partners to enhance the country's safety, economic vitality, quality of life, and the environment.
Major program areas include the Federal-Aid Highway Program, which provides federal financial assistance to
the States to construct and improve the National Highway System, urban and rural roads, and bridges. This
program provides funds for general improvements and development of safe highways and roads.
The Federal Lands Highway Program provides access to and within national forests, national parks, Indian
reservations and other public lands by preparing plans and contracts, supervising construction facilities, and
conducting bridge inspections and surveys. The FHWA also manages a comprehensive research,
development, and technology program.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was established within the Department of Transportation on
January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 [Public Law No. 106-159, 113
Stat. 1748 (December 9, 1999)]. Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and
Administration activities contribute to:
Ensuring safety in motor carrier operations through strong enforcement of safety regulations, targeting high-risk
carriers and commercial motor vehicle drivers.
Improving safety information systems and commercial motor vehicle technologies; strengthening commercial
motor vehicle equipment and operating standards
Increasing safety awareness.
To accomplish these activities, the Administration works with Federal, state, and local enforcement agencies,
the motor carrier industry, labor safety interest groups, and others.
Federal Railroad Administration
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promotes safe and environmentally sound rail transportation. With
the responsibility of ensuring railroad safety throughout the nation, the FRA employs safety inspectors to
monitor railroad compliance with federally mandated safety standards including track maintenance, inspection
standards and operating practices.
The FRA conducts research and development tests to evaluate projects in support of its safety mission and to
enhance the railroad system as a national transportation resource. Public education campaigns on highway-rail
grade crossing safety and the danger of trespassing on rail property are also administered by FRA.
Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) assists in developing improved mass transportation systems for cities
and communities nationwide. Through its grant programs, FTA helps plan, build, and operate transit systems
with convenience, cost and accessibility in mind. While buses and rail vehicles are the most common type of
public transportation, other kinds include commuter ferryboats, trolleys, inclined railways, subways, and people
movers. In providing financial, technical and planning assistance, the agency provides leadership and
resources for safe and technologically advanced local transit systems while assisting in the development of
local and regional traffic reduction.
The FTA maintains the National Transit library (NTL), a repository of reports, documents, and data generated
by professionals and others from around the country. The NTL is designed to facilitate document sharing
among people interested in transit and transit related topics.
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) promotes development and maintenance of an adequate, well-balanced,
United States merchant marine, sufficient to carry the Nation's domestic waterborne commerce and a
substantial portion of its waterborne foreign commerce, and capable of serving as a naval and military auxiliary
in time of war or national emergency. MARAD also seeks to ensure that the United States enjoys adequate
shipbuilding and repair service, efficient ports, effective intermodal water and land transportation systems, and
reserve shipping capacity in time of national emergency.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and
economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. NHTSA sets and enforces safety performance standards
for motor vehicles and equipment, and through grants to state and local governments enables them to conduct
effective local highway safety programs. NHTSA investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and
enforces fuel economy standards, helps states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers,
promotes the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigates odometer fraud, establishes and
enforces vehicle anti-theft regulations and provides consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.
Research on driver behavior and traffic safety is conducted by NHTSA to develop the most efficient and
effective means of bringing about safety improvements. A toll-free Auto Safety Hotline, 1-888-DASH-2-DOT,
furnishes consumers with a wide range of auto safety information. Callers also can help identify safety
problems in motor vehicles, tires and automotive equipment such as child safety seats.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) oversees the safety of more than
800,000 daily shipments of hazardous materials in the United States and 64 percent of the nation's energy that
is transported by pipelines. PHMSA is dedicated solely to safety by working toward the
elimination of transportation-related deaths and injuries in hazardous materials and pipeline transportation, and
by promoting transportation solutions that enhance communities and protect the natural environment.
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) operates and maintains a safe, reliable and
efficient waterway for commercial and noncommercial vessels between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic
Ocean. The SLSDC, in tandem with the Saint Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada, oversees operations
safety, vessel inspections, traffic control, and navigation aids on the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence
Important to the economic development of the Great Lakes region, SLSDC works to develop trade opportunities
to benefit port communities, shippers and receivers and related industries in the area.
Surface Transportation Board
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is an independent, bipartisan, adjudicatory body organizationally
housed within the DOT. It is responsible for the economic regulation of interstate surface transportation,
primarily railroads, within the United States. The STB's mission is to ensure that competitive, efficient, and safe
transportation services are provided to meet the needs of shippers, receivers, and consumers. The Board is
charged with promoting, where appropriate, substantive and procedural regulatory reform in the economic
regulation of surface transportation, and with providing an efficient and effective forum for the resolution of
The Board continues to strive to develop, through rulemakings and case disposition, new and better ways to
analyze unique and complex problems, to reach fully justified decisions more quickly, to reduce the costs
associated with regulatory oversight, and to encourage private-sector negotiations and resolutions to problems