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Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

Last updated: April 28, 2018

What Does Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) Mean?

A substance abuse professional (SAP) is a person that, through various examinations, determines whether an employee has violated any drug and alcohol regulations or not, and further prescribes necessary treatment, follow-up testing, related education and rehabilitation programs. A SAP’s function is to protect public safety by evaluating employees and recommending appropriate corrective measures. Department of transport (DOT), USA has prescribed pre-requisite qualifications and training to qualify as a SAP.

Safeopedia Explains Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

A substance abuse professional (SAP) provides the following services:

  • Conducts assessment of an employee and his or her rehabilitation program

  • Provides advice on suitability of an employee’s placement in a job

  • Prescribes education and treatment prior to returning to duty

  • Evaluates sufficient clinical progress of an employee to return to duty

  • Prescribes a follow-up drug testing of an employee returning to work

  • Advises employees and employers for rehabilitation programs

SAP professional should have a working knowledge of the following:

  • Clinical diagnosis and treatment experience of substance abuse-related disorders

  • Knowledge of SAP role related to public safety and employer’s regulations

  • Knowledge of Department of Transportation (DOT), USA, guidelines as laid down in section 281 (c), Part 40


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