This addendum is an enhancement to the self-guided Designated Employee Representative (DER) training. The course details the protocols and processes required by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) under 49 CFR Part 219 for certain employees in the railroad industry where they differ from or expand on the drug and alcohol testing procedures outlined in 49 CFR Part 40.
It is critical for the DER to understand and follow the particular requirements of the transportation mode that regulates their industry. The employer risks non-compliance when following DOT protocols, but not those of their modal agency.
DERs working with railroad employees must be knowledgeable about the guidelines presented in 49 CFR Part 219 in addition to those covered in 49 CFR Part 40.