Frequently Asked Questions
Who is required to go through the DOT Return to Duty SAP process?
All DOT regulated safety-sensitive employees/candidates employed in the aviation, railroad, public transit, trucking, maritime, and pipeline industries who have violated federal DOT drug and alcohol testing rules. (e.g., positive test result, refusal to test)
I was terminated after a violation. Do I still need to go through the Return-to-Duty SAP process?
Yes. Once you have violated the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations, you are considered ineligible to perform safety-sensitive duties for any employer until you have completed the SAP process.
If I test positive on a DOT Drug or Alcohol test, can't I just retake the test?
If you are a DOT mandated employee, and you receive a positive test, you must be removed from safety-sensitive duty until you complete the Return-to-Duty SAP process.
How long will the entire SAP Process take?
The time it takes to complete the DOT Return-to-Duty SAP process varies. The SAP will make a clinical assessment and recommend treatment and/or education based on your individual needs. Note: The SAP must make a recommendation for some level of care per DOT CFR 49 Part 40 Subpart O.
Are Return to Duty and Follow-Up testing required?
What if I quit my job and now work somewhere else?
What if I applied for a job and I was not hired?
If you are a DOT safety-sensitive covered employee with a failed or refused to test (DOT violation) you are still required to complete the DOT Return to Duty SAP process. You are unable to work in any DOT safety-sensitive position until you have successfully completed this program.