Federal Railroad Administration Testing

The Department of Transportation Act of 1966 created the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). According to its website, the FRA

“promotes safe, environmentally sound, successful railroad transportation to meet the needs of all customers today and tomorrow.”

Because the FRA falls under the DOT, employers and employees working for the railroad industry are subject to drug and alcohol testing. The goal is fewer deaths and accidents on the rail.

What’s prohibited in the FRA?

Here’s a sampling of the FRA regulations involving drug and alcohol use:

  • No employee may use or have alcohol or drugs when on duty and performing railroad services
  • No employee can clock in and work while under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substance
  • No employee can have 0.04 or more alcohol concentration in the breath or blood
  • No employee can use alcohol within 4 hours of starting work or after receiving a notice to report for work
  • No employee with an alcohol concentration of 0.02 or greater, but less than 0.04, can continue to work – they must wait until the start of the next regularly scheduled duty (but not less than 8 hours after the test).

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

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