Substance Abuse Professional
A substance abuse professional (SAP) is an individual who has been trained and certified to conduct evaluations on employees under the Department of Transportation and facilitate SAP Programs for employees with alcohol and drug violations. The SAP must be a licensed physician, psychologist, social worker, or counselor. They must know about and have experience diagnosing and treating alcohol and drug abuse. The SAP must complete an SAP training course approved by the DOT. This course must be taken every two years to maintain certification. The duties of an SAP include, but are not limited to, the following:
In 1993, the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act was passed, which required DOT-regulated employers to test employees for drugs and alcohol. The Act also required the FMCSA to develop regulations specifying circumstances under which drivers would be required to undergo SAP evaluations.
If you are interested in learning more, visit our website at www.sapevaluation.org or call us at 800-683-7745.