Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) now Testing Maintenance of Way Workers (MOW)


Last updated on October 2nd, 2020 at 10:01 am

In response to Congress’ mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), FRA has expanded the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover MOW employees. This rule also codifies guidance from FRA compliance manuals, responds to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendations, and adopts substantive amendments based upon FRA’s regulatory review of 30 years of implementation of this part.

The rule expands the scope of FRA’s alcohol and drug regulations to cover employees, including contractors, that perform railroad maintenance-of-way activities as required by section 412 of the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008. The rule also proposes certain substantive amendments that either respond to NTSB recommendations or update and clarify the alcohol and drug regulations based on a retrospective analysis. The FRA will hold railroads, contractors, and subcontractors equally responsible for ensuring that their employees who perform MOW activities are in compliance with the requirements of Part 219. The final rule goes into effect on June 12, 2017.

National Drug Screening can provide for all your MOW / FRA contractor compliance needs including FRA policy, consortium or company specific random testing program, supervisor training requirements, and of course your DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing including online ordering, MIS reporting, and electronic results. Contact us at 866.843.4545 to find out more.