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Information for Supervisors and Employees

As a supervisor you are responsible for providing a safe environment for all employees, ensuring the safety of the transit system for passengers, and exploring any reasonable suspicion.  To fulfill these responsibilities means that you are required to take action when necessary. 

Drivers will need to do a systematic pre-trip inspection on vehicles.  You also have the responsibility as a professional in regards prescription medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies. If supervisors have reasonable suspicion that an employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there are certain steps to take.

Here we are supporting you with the necessary information, procedures, and forms to help you keep your work environment safe.


Reasonable Suspicion

When a supervisor suspects that an employee is under the influence, they must have reasonable cause. Reasonable is defined in the article found here.

Definitions of Common Signs & Symptoms When Under the Influence:

Lack of coordination Constricted pupils
Blackout Bloodshot or watery eyes
Sleepy or stuporous condition Aggressive or antagonistic behavior
Slurred speech Slowed reaction rate
Dulled mental processes  

For more detailed information, please see the Definitions of Common Signs & Symptoms form. To assist you in explaining how federal ruling on Marijuana laws effects us, we've provided the DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Notice. The flow chart below should help you in determining the proper steps to take if action is needed.  If an accident has already happened, please see the Post-Accident Flow Chart.

Proper Procedure

  1. Use the Reasonable Suspicion and Evaluation Checklist to determine if testing is needed.
  2. Use the Alcohol and Drug Effects to fill out the eScreen form.
  3. Send the eScreen Form with the employee to the testing location.