Federal Aviation Administration Testing

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is a government agency tasked with monitoring air travel and everything involved in it, from air traffic control, U.S. airports, planes and even space shuttles.

Although it wasn’t established until 1958 by the Federal Aviation Act, federal regulation of aviation had existed since the 1926 Air Commerce Act. At that time, Congress believed air travel needed improved. They enforced safety standards, and air travel and technology have continued to advance throughout the century, prompting Congress to form and assign various committees and administrations to oversee it.

Safety standards are crucial when thousands, if not millions, of people are flying around the world. Drug and alcohol testing for FAA involves employers and employees in the aviation industry.

FAA’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance

The FAA falls under the DOT regulation and is therefore subject to drug and alcohol testing. The FAA website explains,

“testing is required by the Omnibus Transportation Employees Testing Act of 1991 and by DOT and FAA regulations.”

What is the FAA Drug and Alcohol Policy?

Those in “safety sensitive” positions are under the laws and regulations of the FAA’s drug and alcohol testing policies. A violation could be determined for individuals who:

  • Get a positive result from their drug test
  • Use alcohol while on the job
  • For pilots or air traffic control – use alcohol 8 hours  before clocking in; 4 hours for all other employees
  • Get an alcohol test showing 0.04 blood alcohol concentration or more
  • Drank alcohol within 8 hours after an accident
  • Refuse to get tested

Learn more about the FAA’s drug and alcohol testing regulations.

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