As an employee of the Department of Transportation (DOT), drug and alcohol testing should not come back positive. Therefore, the result is an evaluation with a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
Drug & Alcohol Testing Program (DATP) – The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates all persons who possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL). DOT requires all driver’s to follow alcohol and drug testing rules. As a result, the Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is required to conduct a thorough face-to-face assessment. The SAP, also recommends a requires a successful plan of treatment and/or education. As well is responsible for drug and/or alcohol testing and monitoring.
The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation. Therefore, they make recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
DOT – Return-To-Duty-Process (RTDP) is started before you are considering a return work to a DOT safety-sensitive position. DOT requires successful completion of all recommendations. In the DOT, the return-to-duty process, and any positive drug screens, you will be subjected to unannounced “Follow-Up” testing. The employee wil participate in standardized testing. This will occur for at least 6 times during the first 12 months of active service. Testing can take up to 60 months (as prescribed by the SAP).