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…

Are SAP’s required to make recommendations?

SAP’s are required by the U.S. DOT to recommend a course action for each individual they assess.  These recommendations are based on the information gathered in the assessment process and based on the needs of the unique individual being assessed. These recommendations are education, counselling, and/or treatment. To be clear:…

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…

Evidence Based Assessments

The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether an addiction is present, the extent of the addiction, and to assist in the development of a treatment plan (recommendations). Screening versus Assessment The purpose of screening is to determine whether an individual needs an assessment.  In the workplace an initial…