Return-to-Duty Testing

Return to duty testing is mandated by the Department of Transportation following:

  • A failed drug or alcohol test
  • A refusal to get tested,
  • A violation

The choice is yours as the employer as to whether or not to extend employment following such an occurrence. If you do want to give the employee a second chance, they must follow a specific DOT-mandated process.

Return-to-duty testing involves both alcohol and controlled substance tests. The alcohol test must come back with a concentration less than 0.02., and return-to-duty controlled substances test (DOT drug test) must return with a verified negative result.

Five Steps for Return-to-Duty Testing

  1. The employee must receive a list of qualified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP) and meet in person for an evaluation. The SAP will document the evaluation in a report that’s sent to the employer, as well as recommend education and/or treatment.
  2. The employee must complete the SAP’s recommendations.
  3. A follow-up, in-person meeting with the SAP will get scheduled, and the SAP will decide if you’ve finished all of their recommendations – the education, treatment, etc. If he/she is satisfied, they will write another report for your employer to let them know if you’ve been successful.
  4. If your SAP deems your treatment as successful, you must take a return-to-duty test. The urine collection will need to be given under direct observation. The urine test must come back with an alcohol concentration of less than 0.02, and the drug test must be negative (and verified).
  5. The employer will receive the test results and decide if the employee can return to their job. Even if the employee goes back to their role, the SAP may request follow-up drug and/or alcohol testing (with direct observation) as part of their final recommendation.

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