Since 1985 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) hasn't had a major update to its drug and alcohol regulations. Recently, there have been changes that will go into effect as of June 12, 2017. The FRA has estimated that the changes will affect over 400 Maintenance of Way contractors and 695 small railroad companies. Railroad employers should know if their business is affected by these updates and, if they are, put in place the correct requirements.
No one likes change but, you gotta do it when it involves your railroad safety procedures. In 2017, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is changing the post-accident drug and alcohol testing requirements. It's the railroad employers responsibility to put these in place. We summarized the changes to help you prepare.