The Return to Duty Process

When a safety sensitive worker has a positive drug test and/or positive alcohol test, the employee is required to go through the return to duty (RTD) process. It is important to note that a refusal to test, failing to provide a sufficient sample for testing or even a failure to…

How to Designate an SAP

A driver covered by the US DOT regulations who has a verified drug and alcohol program violation is prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions until he or she completes the return-to-duty (RTD) process. The RTD process requires driver to be evaluated by a substance abuse professional (SAP), who also oversees the…

How to Register as a Driver in the Clearinghouse

How to Register as a Driver Why register? Employers of CDL drivers must query the Clearinghouse to verify that a current or prospective driver is not prohibited from operating CMVs or performing other safety-sensitive functions due to an unresolved drug and alcohol program violation. This means that: If you apply…

Are SAP’s required to make recommendations?

The SAP is required to provide a comprehensive face-to-face or remote assessment and clinical evaluation for every individual who has violated a DOT drug and alcohol regulation. Following the assessment the SAP is required by the U.S. DOT to proscribe a course action that includes education and/or treatment for each…

Consequences of a Drug Test Refusal

A Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test can occur during many points of employment. You may know what happens when you fail a DOT drug test, but what if you refuse to take it altogether? Will that cost you your job or can you simply retake the test in the…