Department of Transportation:
Federal Railroad Administration

it's the law

All employees covered under the hours of service law (e.g., train and engine employees, dispatchers, and signal employees) are required to be in compliance with the DOTand FRA federal regulations and procedures for drug and alcohol testing (49 CFR Parts 40 and 219). Testing is part of the responsibilities of all safety-sensitive rail employees. Testing for drugs requires a urine specimen. Testing for alcohol uses a breathalyzer or a saliva swab (blood is taken for FRA post-accident testing only).

Drugs Tested

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates
  • Amphetamines
  • PCP
  • and Alcohol

implementing and maintaining compliance

Premier Integrity Solutions can assist rail employers in developing and implementing compliant drug and alcohol testing programs for their employees based on FRA and DOT rules. Premier can help established programs with DOT Compliance Manuals and testing devices to assessing areas that require modification based on FRA and DOT rules.

Premier's professionals can explain the elements of a compliant program and provide a DOT Compliance Manual with documents, checklists, forms, and procedures that can be used to guide your system managers in formulating and maintaining required programs.

drug and alcohol program requirements include:

  • Policy and procedure development
  • Employee and supervisor education and training
  • Testing categories
  • Drug testing procedures
  • Alcohol testing procedures
  • Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs)
  • Record keeping and reporting