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  • Best Practices FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

    December 2007

    The enclosed packet of example drug and alcohol policies and procedures is intended to update the original example polices that were first published with the Best Practices Manual: FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program in March 2002. These example policies have been reviewed and determined to be current and fully- compliant with the revised 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655. Each of the example policies is ordered according to the size and type of employer it pertains to. The last three policies in the packet are template policies that may be adjusted or tailored according to the needs of any employer.

    These examples policies are provided for employers that would like to develop their own internal policies and procedures, review the policies and procedures of safety-sensitive contractors or monitor the work performed by consultants. These policies may be used as guides to help employers update or revise their current drug and alcohol testing polices and procedures to be compliant with the amended 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655. Some employers may also wish to use these example policies to expand upon their current drug and alcohol testing policies and procedures for safety-sensitive employees. These policies apply to every safety-sensitive employee as defined in the Federal regulations, and are provided as “best practice” examples only.

    For additional information on current U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration drug and alcohol regulations, please refer to the FTA Office of Safety and Security Web site at: http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov (click Drug & Alcohol). The Office of the Secretary’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) Web site provides information and interpretations on drug and alcohol polices and regulations, including 49 CFR Part 40. The ODAPC site can be accessed at: http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/index.html.

  • Appendix A. Example Policies

    Revised–December 2007

  • Best Practices FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

    Appendix A. Example Policies

    This appendix contains 12 updated and compliant policies for employers that wish to develop their own drug and alcohol policies internally or oversee the work performed by consultants. Each of these policies was reviewed and determined to be compliant with the revised 49 CFR Parts 40 and 655. Each policy is ordered according to the type and size of the respective employer. The updated example policies are as follows:

    (1) Large Transit System–MARTA (2) Rural Paratransit Contractor–Drug-Free Workplace–Lift, Incorporated (3) Medium Transit System–Knoxville Area Transit (4) Large Transit System–Zero Tolerance–Houston Metro (5) Small Transit System–Clermont County (6) City Government–FTA and FMCSA–City of Charlottesville (7) Small Transit System–Athens–Clarke County (8) Large Transit System–San Diego Transit Corporation (9) State DOT–Statewide Policy–Ohio DOT (10) With Second Chance (template policy) (11) No Second Chance (template policy) (12) FTA and FMCSA (template policy)

    For additional information on U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration drug and alcohol policies and regulations, please visit the Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) Web site at: http://www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/index.html. Here, you will find helpful information on 49 CFR Part 40, including frequently asked questions and interpretations on Part 40. You may also refer to the FTA Drug and Alcohol Program Web site for current information on testing rates, legislation, and drug and alcohol testing regulations: http://transit-safety.volpe.dot.gov/DrugAndAlcohol /default.asp.

    Appendix A. Example Policies Page A-1 December 2007

  • Large Transit System

    Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Drug and Alcohol Policy/Program

  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Drug and Alcohol Policy/Program

    Summary: MARTA’s policy covers a large transit system and is dedicated to providing safe, dependable, and economical transportation services to transit system passengers. MARTA is also dedicated to protecting its most valuable asset, its employees, by providing a healthy and safe working environment. It is MARTA’s policy to ensure that employees are not impaired in their ability to perform assigned duties in a safe, productive and healthy manner, create a workplace environment free from the adverse effects of drug abuse and alcohol misuse, prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing possession, or use of controlled substances, and encourage employees to seek professional assistance any time personal problems, including alcohol or drug dependency, adversely affect their ability to perform their assigned duties.

  • EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM............................................................. 18 GENERAL....................................................................................................................................... 18

    INFORMATION DISCLOSURE ........................................................................... 19

    METROPOLITAN ATLANTA RAPID TRANSIT AUTHORITY DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY/PROGRAM

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1 POLICY STATEMENT ............................................................................................ 3 2 PURPOSE ................................................................................................................... 3 3 APPLICABILITY ...................................................................................................... 4 4 PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES ................................................................................. 5

    4.1 ILLEGALLY USED CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OR DRUGS ............................................................... 5 4.2 LEGAL DRUGS................................................................................................................................. 5 4.3 ALCOHOL ........................................................................................................................................ 6

    5 PROHIBITED CONDUCT ....................................................................................... 6

    HOW TO REPORT MEDICATION...................................................................................................... 18 CONFIDENTIALITY OF RECORDS AND ERIFICATION..................................................................... 18

    VOLUNTARY TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS................................................................................. 8 NOTIFYING MARTA OF CRIMINAL DRUG CONVICTIONS ................................................................ 9 PROPER APPLICATION OF THE POLICY............................................................................................. 9 CONFIDENTIALITY........................................................................................................................... 9

    TESTING PROCEDURES...................................................................................... 10 OVERVIEW .................................................................................................................................... 10 OBSERVED COLLECTIONS.............................................................................................................. 11 BREATH ALCOHOL TESTING.......................................................................................................... 12 EMPLOYEE REQUESTED TESTING .................................................................................................. 12 PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING ......................................................................................................... 13 REASONABLE SUSPICION TESTING ................................................................................................ 13 POST-ACCIDENT TESTING ............................................................................................................. 14

    OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS ............................................................................................. 17

    V

    MANUFACTURE, TRAFFICKING, POSSESSION, AND USE................................................................... 6 INTOXICATION................................................................................................................................. 6 ALCOHOL AND DRUG USE............................................................................................................... 6 COMPLIANCE WITH TESTING REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................. 7

    SIDE EFFECTS ................................................................................................................................ 17

    5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8

    6 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 RANDOM TESTING......................................................................................................................... 16

    7 Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication ................................................... 16 7.1 REPORTING OF PRESCRIBED DRUGS .............................................................................................. 16

    7.2 PRESCRIBED DRUGS THAT DO NOT NEED TO BE REPOR