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DID YOU EVER WONDER WHY THERE IS DRUG TESTING
IN THE TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY?
First, of course, Congress passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing
Act of 1991 that gives the Department of Transportation a mandate to implement
the testing. But why? Regrettably, alcohol and drugs are a factor in a
significant percentage of transportation-related accidents each year.
This alarming reality has serious consequences for employers and employees
within the industry as well as members of the general public who rely on
A Federal government survey revealed that rates of substance abuse among four
different types of personnel within the transportation industry are as follows:
||Past-Year Illicit Drug Use%
||Heavy Alcohol Use%
|Truck Drivers (light)
|Truck Drivers (heavy)
(Source: US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration. Worker Drug Use and workplace
Policies and Programs.)
Gary L. Glisan
Superior Training Solutions, Inc.