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Dept of Transportation (DOT)

Dept of Transportation (DOT)

Transportation-Related Substance Issues

Many workers in safety-sensitive positions fall under the substance abuse and testing guidelines of the U.S. Department of Transportation (49 CFR Part 40). This includes workers on railroads, ships, and planes; employees of companies that provide services to the railroad, maritime, or flight industries; truckers and trucking companies; and pipeline employees, among others. Also, often the specific agencies have their own guidelines that must be followed in order for the agency to be compliant with the Department of Transportation (DOT).  When an employee in one of these industries either has a substance-related problem or tests indicate the presence of substances in the employees system when on the job, there are several protocols in place to ensure that impaired professionals do not jeopardize the safety of the public. The employee must seek the services of a qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), who is a specialist in evaluating substance use disorders and recommending a course of action to protect the public from the dangers of impaired transportation workers.

Navigating the maze of regulations and protocols can be difficult. Violations of DOT regulations are serious and the recommendation of the SAP must be adhered to in order to ensure that an employee may return to duty.  Because of these things, it is important to work with a treatment center that is familiar with the DOT/SAP process and can provide timely reporting and frequent drug screens to document the employee’s compliance, abstinence, and fitness for return to duty.

Sober Houston has the resources in place to help you make determine who you need to see and what you need to do to meet federal criteria to be able to retain your employees or to be able to return to work. Sober Houston partners with treatment providers throughout the Greater Houston area who specialize in working with Substance Abuse Professionals and their clients.

If you are an employee or employer seeking the assistance of a Substance Abuse Professional, Sober Houston can refer you to a qualified SAP who can assist you.


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