How to Complete the DOT Return to Duty Process
Step one: Get a face to face SAP evaluation at Diversion Center. The SAP Evaluator will make a recommendation for treatment, education, or both.
Step two: The employee completes the recommendation for treatment, education, or both.
Step three: Meet with your SAP Evaluator for a follow up in person. The SAP will determine whether or not the employee is in compliance.
If the employee is found to be in compliance they’ll receive a Notice of Compliance to Return to Work.
SAP Evaluations and their role in the return to duty process
A SAP is a substance abuse professional who has the training and expertise necessary to be certified to evaluate employees who fail or refuse a drug and alcohol test. Any employee who falls under the guidelines of the US Department of Transportation must see a substance abuse professional if they fail to meet drug testing requirements.
SAPs are professionals who:
- Evaluate employees in violation of the Department of Transportation’s drug and alcohol testing regulations.
- Make Meet with DOT employees to make recommendations for treatment, education, or follow up testing.
- Monitor the DOT return to duty process.
- Represent the decision an employer makes when deciding whether or not to put an employee in a position where they’re controlling a vehicle like a bus, and airplane, a train, a truck, or in other critical positions.
- Have the authority and ability to determine whether or not an employee complied with their treatment or education recommendations.
We take our responsibility as substance abuse professionals very seriously. A sober employee is crucial to the safety of millions of people who use transportation in this country.