Under the US Department of Transportation Federal FMCSA and FTA controlled substances use and alcohol misuse regulations, an employer is required to refer any driver to a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for an evaluation in the case of a violation. The Substance Abuse Professional evaluates employees who have violated a drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
Dr. David Fletcher is a certified Substance Abuse Professional with extensive background in evaluating and recommending the necessary treatment to comply with the controlled substance abuse policies of all federal agencies, including FMCSA, FTA, FRA, FAA, PHMSA, and USCG.
SAP Evaluation is needed when an employee has a verified positive DOT test result, a DOT alcohol test with a result indicating an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater, a refusal to test (including adulterating or substituting a urine specimen) or any other violation of the prohibition on the use of alcohol or drugs. Any positive result under a DOT agency regulation constitutes a DOT drug and alcohol regulation violation.
Dr. Fletcher will determine what type of education and/or treatment program a driver needs to complete in order to successfully return back to performing safety sensitive tasks. After the employee has completed the recommended program, he or she will return to Dr. Fletcher for a 2nd evaluation to determine if that employee can return to safety sensitive tasks. The employee must have a negative same-sex-observed Federal five-panel drug test and/or Breath Alcohol Test (BAT) to return to work. Dr. Fletcher will then make a recommendation on how many follow-up tests are necessary to monitor compliance.
Employers not regulated by the US Department of Transportation Federal may also send employees who violate company substance abuse policies for a SAP evaluation.
Why Dr. Fletcher?
Dr. David J. Fletcher is a nationally renowned medical expert, providing litigation support and expert testimony in complex trucking & bus litigation accident cases when there is an issue regarding the fitness-for-duty of a driver. He can also advise on occupational & preventive medicine, including industrial illness and injury care; medical direction; case review; analysis and management; impairment determination and disability rating; litigation support, including life care planning; independent medical evaluations; fitness-for-duty/return-to-work evaluations; and workplace drug testing with Dr. Fletcher certified as both a Medical Review Officer (MRO), Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and Senior Federal Aviation Administration Examiner (FAA-all three classes).