U.S. – Inspector general: More Amtrak safety workers need drug testing

By Jessica Wehrman, Roll Call; October 29, 2020

Amtrak conducts random drug tests on conductors and engineers but fails to include about 4,000 other employees who work in safety-related positions, the company’s inspector general said in a new report released Thursday.

While the National Transportation Safety Board recommends random drug tests of all transportation employees in positions that could affect employee safety or the safety of others, Amtrak limits its random tests to those who fall under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s minimum requirements — about 8,300 of the company’s roughly 18,500 employees. 

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