The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.
SAP’s represent the major decision point (and in some cases the only decision point) an employer may have in choosing whether or not to place an employee behind the steering wheel of a school bus, in the cockpit of a plane, at the helm of an oil tanker, at the throttle of a train, in the engineer compartment of a subway car, or at the emergency control valves of a natural gas pipeline. A SAP’s responsibility is to the public not the Employer or Employee.
SAP’s advocate for neither the employer nor the employee. A SAP’s function is to protect the public interest in safety by professionally evaluating the employee and recommending appropriate education and/or treatment, follow-up tests, and aftercare.
It is the SAPs job to fully understand and comply with the regulations within 49 CFR Part 40 of the United States Department of Transportations Drug and & Alcohol Policy while paying particular attention to the following Subparts:
- Subpart O – Substance Abuse Professional and Return-to-Duty Process
- Subpart P – Confidentiality and Release of Information
- Subpart Q – Roles and Responsibilities of Service Agents
- Subpart R – Public Interest Exclusions
- Appendix E to Part 40 – SAP equivalency Requirements for Certification Organizations
For More Information Please Contact:
Jemal Doute, LMFT, SAP
90 Commerce Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214 Suite B