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.
Maintaining compliance with FAA required drug and alcohol testing program is complex. National Drug Screening has specialized in FAA compliance for drug and alcohol testing for many years, Joe Reilly is the President of National Drug Screening and available for initial consultation for your FAA compliant drug and alcohol testing program, call Joe at 321-622-2020.
The FAA regulation for drug and alcohol testing is 14 CFR Part 120. We maintain a summary page of this regulation. This is great information for your initial review of what you need in your program.
The following types of safety-sensitive functions are covered by the FAA’s drug and alcohol testing regulations:
- Flight crewmember duties
- Flight attendant duties
- Flight instruction duties
- Aircraft dispatcher duties
- Aircraft maintenance and preventive maintenance
- Ground security coordinator duties
- Aviation screening duties
- Air traffic control duties
- Part 119 Certificate Holders
- Air Tour Operators
- Air traffic control facilities not operated by the FAA
- Part 145 Certificate Holders
- FAA Repair Stations
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When Developing Your FAA-Mandated Drug and Alcohol Testing Program, You Must:
- Ensure that no one is hired for or transferred into a safety-sensitive function without first conducting a pre-employment drug test and receiving a verified negative test result.
- Conduct a drug and alcohol records check, after obtaining an employee’s written consent, requesting the information included in 49 CFR part 40, § 40.25(b) from DOT-regulated employers who have employed this individual during the two years prior to the date of application or transfer; five years for pilots.
- Ask employees or applicants entering safety sensitive positions whether they previously tested positive or refused to take a pre-employment drug or alcohol test.
- Educate and train your employees on the effects and consequences of drug abuse and alcohol misuse, as well as your supervisors who will make determinations of whether reasonable cause/suspicion testing is necessary.
- Ensure that employees are included in your random drug and alcohol testing pool and have an equal chance of being tested each time selections are made. You must conduct annual random testing at a minimum rate of 25% for drugs and 10% for alcohol.
- Review part 120 and part 40 for all the drug and alcohol testing requirements. Copies of the regulations and additional guidance materials are available at www.faa.gov/go/drugabatement and www.dot.gov/odapc.
- When implementing your testing program, you must ensure that all individuals performing safety-sensitive functions are included. Don’t forget aircraft maintenance or preventive maintenance.
Are you the Designated Employer Representative (DER) for an FAA Drug & Alcohol Testing Program?
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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Contact National Drug Screening for a turnkey program for FAA drug and alcohol testing compliance. Our services include:
- INSTRUCTIONS FOR START UP OF FAA DRUG ALCOHOL PROGRAM
- REGULATIONS SUMMARY REGISTRATION INFORMATION FAA REGULATION – 14 CFR PART 120
- DOT/FAA DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING WRITTEN POLICY
- EMPLOYEE EDUCATION MATERIALS DOT
- SUPERVISOR TRAINING MATERIALS DOT
- QUALIFIED COLLECTION SITES
- REQUIRED DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING
- SAMHSA CERFITIED LABORATORY
- MEDICAL REVIEW OFFICER (MRO)
- ALL REQUIRED FORMS AND DOCUMENTATION
- 49 CFR PART 40 – DOT DRUG/ALCOHOL TESTING REGULATIONS