Saturday, July 7, 2012

Drug policy

Rev. Aug. 2011 PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUG USE POLICY Purpose TriMet strives to provide a consistently safe mode of transportation for the community it serves and a safe work environment for the employees who are so vital to providing this service. TriMet recognizes that an employee’s use of certain prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs while providing this service may compromise TriMet’s ability to carry out its service in the safest manner possible and inhibit its ability to provide a safe work environment for its employees. Accordingly, the use of certain Rx and OTC medications is strictly prohibited when such use will jeopardize TriMet’s commitment to providing a safe mode of transportation and a safe work environment. Scope This Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Use Policy applies to all employees in safety-sensitive positions who are using Rx or OTC medications. The oversight and enforcement of this Policy is the responsibility of TriMet’s Occupational Health Physician, in conjunction with all managers and supervisors of employees in safety-sensitive positions and the drug and alcohol program administrator. The procedure set forth herein applies only to medications that are to be taken or that would have an effect while at work. Prohibited Behaviors The following behaviors are strictly prohibited:  Using a prescription medication that is not legally prescribed for the employee.  Using a prescription or OTC medication in excess of the prescribed dosage.  Using any medication that contains alcohol within four (4) hours before performing safety-sensitive functions.  Using any medication that adversely impacts the employee’s ability to safely perform his/her safety-sensitive job functions. Discussion with Prescribing Physician Safety sensitive employees are responsible for discussing the potential effects of any prescription medication with their prescribing physician or individual, including its potential to impair mental functioning, motor skills, or judgment, as well as any adverse impact on the safe performance of

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