Federal Railroad Administration Testing

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was created in response to the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. It…

“promotes safe, environmentally sound, successful railroad transportation to meet the needs of all customers today and tomorrow.”

Due to the fact that the FRA falls under DOT regulation, employers and employees working for the railroad industry are subject to drug and alcohol testing. The goal is fewer deaths and accidents on the job.

FRA prohibitions to be aware of

Following are just a few FRA regulations involving drug and alcohol use:

  • No employee may use or have alcohol or drugs when on duty and performing railroad services
  • No employee can clock in and work while under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance
  • No employee can have 0.04 or more alcohol concentration in the breath or blood
  • No employee can use alcohol within 4 hours of starting work or after receiving a notice to report for work
  • No employee with an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater, but less than 0.04, can continue to work – they must wait until the start of the next regularly scheduled duty (but not less than 8 hours after the test).

Learn more about the FRA’s drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Test Smartly Labs is here to run your FRA drug tests and panels. Contact us today to ensure consistent compliance.