The Consequences of Refusing a Test

Dec 10, 2018

Many employees do not realize the ramifications of refusing a DOT drug and/or alcohol test. The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) website offers a poster that helps employees understand what could happen to them should they decide to not complete a DOT test.

If you refuse to take a DOT drug or alcohol test:

·        You will be immediately removed from the performance of any safety-sensitive function until you complete the Return-to-Duty Process

·        You will need to see a DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional and comply with the education and/or rehabilitation requirements

·        You could have a hard time finding another job

·        You must complete the Return-to-Duty Process, including directly observed tests, and you may have to pay for those tests

·        Your certificate, license, rating or authorization may be revoked, suspended or restricted

As a Designated Employer Representative (DER), you can assist your employees by downloading the poster and posting it in a breakroom. This link will take you to the site: