New Expansion on FRA Rule for Drug and Alcohol Testing

In late May of 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced a new expansion of two rules that will increase the protection of railroad employees. One rule includes the FRA’s existing DOT alcohol and drug testing regulations which will soon extend to Maintenance of Way (MOW) employees. The final Roadway Worker Protection Rule will take effect on June 12, 2017.

Before this announcement, MOW employees were only drug tested if they died because of an accident or incident on the job. With these standard changes, MOW employees will be subjected to the same testing that can occur with other FRA employees. This testing includes random drug testing, post-accident drug testing, reasonable suspicion testing, reasonable cause testing, pre-employment testing, return-to-duty testing, and follow-up testing.

With this new regulation and other clarifications in place, the FRA hope this additional level of safety will help all who work on, along, and near the railroad tracks and will reduce the possibility of injury and fatalities. The Control of Alcohol and Drug Use expansion will become active in only a few short weeks.

As a mobile drug testing company that is 100% compliant with DOT Drug Testing and serves the FRA in the greater Boston area, Occupational Drug Testing wants you to be prepared. Not only do we work with these industries as to follow their specific rules and regulations, but we also want to keep all employees safe and out of harm’s way.

We understand that you need your business needs to comply with the specific rules and regulations of a DOT Drug Testing program, and strive to fulfill those requirements. From changes in rule parameters to entirely new regulations, we are up-to-date on all things DOT drug and alcohol testing-related, and can offer you peace of mind when it comes to your full-service testing needs.

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