Drug and Alcohol Testing
Public transit systems must establish a drug and alcohol testing program to achieve a drug- and alcohol-free work force in the interest of the health and safety of employees and the public. This includes conducting drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transit employees. The requirements are set forth in the following regulations:
Who must comply? Any recipient of Federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Sections 5307, 5309, and 5311 of the Federal Transit Act, as amended or any recipient of Federal financial assistance under Section 103(e)(4) of title 23 of the United States Code must comply with these regulations.
Program requirements: All systems that must comply must develop a drug and alcohol testing program which meets the requirements of the Federal Transit Administration. This includes having a policy in place that addresses the requirements set forth in the regulation, training both safety-sensitive employees and supervisors, testing safety-sensitive employees in accordance with the procedures set forth in the regulation, and adhering to the administrative procedures set forth in the regulation.
Pre-employment alcohol testing: Federal regulations do not require pre-employment alcohol testing. In Ohio, however, pre-employment alcohol testing is required.
Annual MIS Reports are due:
Urban Transit Systems: March 15
Rural Transit Systems: Early February