Employers regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are required to have a drug and alcohol testing program. This includes air carriers and aircraft maintenance and preventive maintenance companies. The Federal Aviation Regulations require a regulated employer to ensure any individuals performing safety-sensitive functions by contract for it are included in a FAA-mandated drug and alcohol testing program.
The following types of safety-sensitive functions are covered by the FAA's drug and alcohol testing regulations:
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When developing your FAA-mandated drug and alcohol testing program, you must:
Every Designated Employer Representative (DER) should have the knowledge and authority to make decisions about his or her aviation employer’s drug and alcohol testing program. The DER is responsible for educating employees, conducting drug and alcohol tests, making sure the program complies with DOT/FAA regulations, and maintaining all documentation. Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) play a vital role in maintaining safety in the aviation industry by ensuring that their employers and employees comply with DOT/FAA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing regulations.
Upon a positive drug or alcohol test or a refusal to test, the DER must insure the employee is removed from the safety sensitive position and referred to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP).
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