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Return To Duty Process

The employee in violation of the DOT regulations for drug or alcohol testing is removed immediately from safety sensitive duty.


The employer is required to provide all employees and applicants in violation with a list of DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs). A SAP list may be provided by a dedicated service agent such as ASAP.  ASAP is listed as a SAP resource on the DOT website.


The SAP performs a face to face clinical evaluation of the employee and makes recommendations for treatment and/or education, providing documentation to the Designated Employee Representative (DER). COVID-19 Guidance


The employee complies with the treatment(s) and/or education recommended by the SAP. The SAP then conducts a follow-up evaluation and determines the employee's eligibility to return to safety sensitive duty providing documentation to the DER.


Once the DER receives the SAP's documentation indicating the employee is eligible to return to safety sensitive duty, the employee must test negative on a Return to Duty Drug/Alcohol Screening before returning to duty at the employer's discretion.


The employee is subject to unannounced follow-up testing and a period of 1 to 5 years according to a plan determined by the SAP and provided to the DER.


The Employee/Applicant has now completed the SAP Return To Duty process what's next?

The SAP then recommends follow-up testing, aftercare treatment, and/or support group participation. The ASAP Aftercare Compliance & Management Team provides employers with a sense of security that employees are in compliance with SAP follow-up recommendations and are maintaining their progress.

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