Return to Duty Drug Testing is often misunderstood by many companies and employers. We’ve recorded this video to simplify what needs to happen if a DOT regulated employee fails a drug test.
If you’re a DOT regulated employer and an employee fails a drug test these are the steps you need to take:
1) Remove the employee from any safety sensitive duties immediately.
2) Schedule an appointment for the employee with a DOT qualified SAP (Substance Abuse Professional). This is required by the DOT. The SAP will counsel the employee and prescribe an observed “Return to Duty” drug test and chart out a schedule for “Follow Up” drug tests.
The DOT requires the SAP to schedule a minimum of 6 tests over a period of 12 months, the process can continue for up to 5 years depending on the SAP’s understanding of the employees drug test abuse problems and history. The follow up drug tests also need to be directly observed similar to the return to duty drug tests.
It’s important for employers to complete the entire “Return to Duty” process even if you’ve fired the employee. Failing to complete the process can lead to the employer being liable in the future.