Substance Abuse Professionals (SAP)
Employees of companies that engage in the aviation, pipeline, public transportation,
railroad, ships/vessels, trucking/school bus/tour bus industries are generally
subject to Department of Transportation regulations under 49 CFR Part 40.
Moreover, specific agencies also have their own guidelines they must follow to be
compliant with DOT regulations. When an employee drug screen indicates the
presence of prohibited substances in the employee’s system or when an event
triggers a DOT violation, the employee must seek the services of a qualified
Substance Abuse Professional (S.A.P.). An SAP 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.
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. It is
especially important to have a treatment center familiar with the DOT/SAP process
and who can provide timely reporting and frequent urine drug screens to document
the employee’s compliance, abstinence, and fitness for return to duty.
Sober Houston partners with treatment providers throughout the Greater Houston
area who specialize in working with Substance Abuse Professionals and their
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.
Call us today and we can help!