DOT Substance Abuse Professional

Published On 07/11/2011

The Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rule, 49 CFR Part 40, describes required procedures for conducting workplace drug and alcohol testing for the federally regulated transportation industry. Based on these guidelines, a specially qualified clinician, a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), plays a central role.

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare. The SAP, in coordination with the employer, is involved with critical decisions in choosing whether or not to place an employee back into a critical, safety sensitive job, such as behind the wheel of a vehicle.

The SAP is an advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. Their function is to protect the public interest in safety by professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.

Methodist EAP has SAP credentialed professionals on staff available to provide this critical service. The evaluations are free to our contracted companies. We are also available to provide this as a fee-for-service to other businesses in need of a qualified Substance Abuse Professional.

For further information on the DOT/SAP process, contact our Methodist SAP certified staff at 901.683.5658.