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Document Code No.: PER 15-2-2 (AEP)
Department/Issuing Agency: Department of Transportation, Transit Division and Department of Executive Service, Human Resources Division
Effective Date: March 14, 2012
Approved: /s/ Dow Constantine
Type of Action: Supersedes PER 15-2-1 (AEP), October 25, 1995

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1.0 SUBJECT TITLE: Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education and Testing Program Policy for Employees Occupying Safety Sensitive Positions

1.1 Supersedes and replaces King County Executive Policy, PER 15-2-1 (AEP) "King County Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education Program" (October 25, 1995)

1.2 In relation to safety-sensitive employees, replaces King County Executive Order, FES 8-1 (AEP) "Policy Restricting Alcohol Consumption on County Property" (October 17, 1988)

2.0 PURPOSE:

2.1 This policy is intended to promote a safe, healthy, drug-free, and alcohol-free work environment for all King County executive branch employees. It is designed to encourage and support appropriate professional assistance to interested employees with drug and alcohol problems. This policy ensures King County compliance with the Omnibus Transportation Act of 1991 and the U. S. Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.

2.2 In addition to the federal requirements, this policy is intended to decrease absenteeism, increase productivity, and prevent accidents and casualties. The policy reflects King County's commitment to safely and efficiently providing the highest quality services to King County residents.

2.3 This policy is intended to ensure King County's compliance with state and federal laws, rules, and regulations.

3.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED: All King County Executive branch departments, offices and agencies and employees who occupy safety-sensitive positions including all career service, provisional, temporary, probationary and appointed employees; transit contractors in safety-sensitive positions.

4.0 REFERENCES:

4.1 King County Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education and Testing Program Policy Handbook (the Policy Handbook), as amended

4.2 United States Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, 41 U.S.C. 10, § 701 et. seq.

4.3 Federal Department of Transportation 49 CFR Parts 40, 382, 655; & 46 CFR Parts 4 and 6; 33 CFR Part 95, as amended

4.4 Omnibus Transportation Act of 1991

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

5.1 Definitions are included in Appendix 9.3

6.0 POLICIES:

6.1 Every King County employee or employee of a transit contractor who holds a position which could be defined as safety-sensitive is subject to regulations issued pursuant to the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991; and, each employee, in accordance with this Act and under King County authority shall follow policies as defined in Appendix 9.1.

6.2 This policy is administered by the Program Manager (Program Manager) for the King County Drug and Alcohol Program in collaboration with the King County Employee Assistance Program.

6.3 The King County Drug & Alcohol Program Manager is authorized and directed to promulgate such modifications, amendments and revisions to the Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education and Testing Program Policy's Appendix 9.1, 9.2 & 9.3 as he or she deems necessary after a review process and concurrence by the affected departments to carry out the provisions of regulations issued pursuant to the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 and to enact such additional policies and procedures as may be necessary to insure King County's compliance with state and federal law affecting drug and alcohol matters. Nothing herein is intended to waive a union's legal right to bargain over modifications, amendments and revisions to the extent that they are mandatory subjects of bargaining.

7.0 PROCEDURES:

7.1 Procedures are included in Appendix 9.1 and the King County Prohibited Drug Use & Alcohol Misuse Testing & Education Program Policy Handbook, as amended.

8.0 RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Program Manager is responsible for:

8.1.1 Administering the King County Drug and Alcohol Program and overseeing compliance with this policy.

8.1.2 Maintaining a current list of safety-sensitive county positions and a current list of employees who occupy safety-sensitive positions.

8.1.3 Modifying, amending and revising the Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education and Testing Program Policy's Appendix 9.1, 9.2, 9.3 and the Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education and Testing Program Policy Handbook as necessary.

9.0 APPENDICES:

9.1 Prohibited Drug Use and Alcohol Misuse Education and Testing Program

9.2 List of Safety Sensitive Positions

9.3 Definitions