Drug-Free Workplace Policy
Revised Oct. 4, 2010 - Printable version - Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Policy


In the interest of public and employee safety, ABX Air, Inc. is committed to a drug/alcohol-free working environment. The intent of this policy is to provide assistance to those who need it while clearly stating that the illegal use of drugs and inappropriate use of alcohol is incompatible with employment at ABX Air. This policy applies to all employees, applicants for employment, and contracted employees, as well as to all other individuals conducting business on ABX Airís premises.

Simply stated, it is strictly forbidden:

To possess, use, or be under the influence of alcohol, intoxicants, illegal drugs, marijuana (including, in accordance with FAA regulations, medically prescribed usage), or other non-prescribed controlled substances during work hours and/or on company premises.
To be at work while using or being under the influence of prescribed substances when such use prevents you from performing the duties of your job safely.
To possess, use, manufacture, distribute, or sell illegal drugs or other non-prescribed controlled substances on or off company premises.
To receive any criminal conviction involving drugs.

Core Requirements

ABX Air provides the resources necessary to achieve and maintain a drug/alcohol-free environment in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Department of Transportation regulations for Drug and Alcohol programs.
Our goal is to balance respect for individuals with the need to maintain a safe, productive, and drug/alcohol-free environment.
We may search ABX Air employees or their property, such as purses, bags, toolboxes, automobiles, and lunch boxes when there is reasonable suspicion that there is a violation of this policy.
All information relating to drug or alcohol testing or the identification of persons as users of drugs and alcohol will be protected by ABX Air as confidential unless otherwise provided by law, because of overriding public health and safety concerns, or if authorized in writing by the persons in question. Test results will be released in defense of claims against ABX Air, Inc.

Rehabilitation & Assistance

ABX Air encourages employees who believe they have an alcohol or drug problem to seek help. Employees who seek assistance and participate in treatment before committing and/or being found in violation of this policy will not jeopardize their continued employment.
ABX Air's medical insurance program provides for payment of certain expenses related to an enrolled employee's treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction.
Information concerning ABX Air's insurance program may be obtained from the Benefits department. ABX Airís Employee Assistance Program will provide a confidential assessment with referral to appropriate treatment services.


Alcohol use: drinking any beverage, liquid mixture, or preparation (including any medication) containing alcohol, such as Nyquil, mouthwash if swallowed, liquor beer, or non-alcoholic beer containing Ĺ percent alcohol.
Company premises/facilities: all owned, leased, and/or operated property or facilities of ABX Air, Inc., including vehicles and equipment wherever located.
Drug/alcohol testing: the scientific analysis of urine, blood, breath, saliva, hair, tissue, and other specimens of the human body for the purpose of detecting drugs, alcohol, adulterants, or substitutions.
Illegal drug: any drug that is not legally obtainable, any drug that is legally obtainable but has not been legally obtained, any prescribed drug not legally obtained or not being used for the prescribed purpose or by the prescribed person, or any drug being used for a purpose not in accordance with bona fide medical therapy.
Legal drug: any prescribed or over-the-counter drug that has been legally obtained and is being used for the purpose and person for which it was prescribed or manufactured.
Positive alcohol test: alcohol test results of 0.04 percent or higher.
Positive drug test: drug test results at or in excess of ABX Air minimum testing levels.
Under the influence: alcohol test results of 0.02 to 0.039 percent.

Drug & Alcohol Testing

ABX Air requires employees to submit to blood, urine, breath, or other tests to determine the use of alcohol, intoxicants, illegal drugs, or other controlled substances in the following situations:

Applicant pre-employment testing.
Reasonable suspicion of violation of this policy.
Immediately after direct/indirect involvement in an incident or accident causing or contributing to the death of any person; injury to any person requiring medical treatment in a hospital, clinic, or doctorís office; or substantial damage to property or equipment.
Any time there is no logical explanation for the sequence of events relating to an accident or following a series of minor accidents.
Follow-up alcohol testing after an alcohol result of 0.02 to 0.039 percent.
As required or allowed by the Department of Transportation or other regulatory agencies.

Corrective Action

Violations of this policy will result in corrective action up to and including termination of employment. Specific corrective actions for employees who violate this policy are outlined below, according to the test results:

Being under the influence of alcohol (0.02% to 0.039%) will result in a Performance Improvement Notification for the first incident and unannounced follow-up alcohol testing. Subsequent incidents will result in termination of employment.
A positive alcohol test will result in termination of employment.
A positive drug test will result in termination of employment.
Refusing to submit immediately to a requested drug or alcohol test will result in termination of employment.
Tampering with, altering, adulterating, or substituting a test specimen (or attempting any of the same) will result in termination of employment.
Refusing to allow a search will result in termination of employment.

Employee Responsibility

Report to work and perform your duties free of impairment due to the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or other prescribed or non-prescribed controlled substances.
Read and understand the substance abuse awareness information.
Discuss your job duties with the prescribing physician if it is possible your prescription drugs may impair your ability to perform your job duties safely.
Promote and contribute to a drug-free workplace by reporting suspected violations.
Comply immediately with any testing request.
Comply immediately with any search request.
Notify management as soon as possible, but no later than five calendar days after you are convicted of any drug or alcohol offense.
Seek diagnosis and treatment for alcohol and/or drug problems prior to violation of policy.

Leadership Responsibility

Know the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and be aware of the condition of every employee in your workforce.
Remove any impaired employee from the workplace immediately.
Assure that appropriate drug and/or alcohol testing is conducted when necessary.
Document any incident that leads to a decision to conduct alcohol and/or drug testing. Involve another leader in the decision and the process if at all possible.
Notify Human Resources as soon as possible after any incident.
Keep all information regarding drug and/or alcohol situations confidential.
Participate in Substance Abuse training and stay current.
Notify Security or appropriate authorities of non-employees who may be in violation of the policy.

Anti-Drug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Policy rev. 2 [372kb] 5 June 2023
This book is for personnel engaged in specified aviation activities. In this material you will find, to list just a few of the topics, general employer contact information, definitions for various testing, substances for which drug testing will be conducted, types of testing that will be conducted, testing collection procedures, as well as breath alcohol testing and procedures.

Revision History:
Oct. 4, 2010
Oct. 5, 2004