FRA – Federal Railroad Administration
Regulation 49 CFR Part 219 applies to all railroads and contractors.
- Railroads that operate only on track inside an installation that is not part of the general railroad system of transportation (i.e. plant railroads).
- Tourist, scenic, historic, or excursion operations that are not part of the general railroad system of transportation.
- Rapid transit operations in urban areas that are not connected to the general railroad system of transportation.
A railroad with more than 400,000 total annual employee work hours must comply with subpart I (Annual Reports) regarding any contractor employees it integrates into its alcohol and drug testing program under this part; and if a contractor establishes an independent alcohol and drug testing program that meets the requirements of this part and is acceptable to the railroad, the contractor must comply with subpart I if it has 200 or more regulated employees.
Employee Category Tested
A person who performs covered services (subject to hours-of-service laws) functions at a rate sufficient to be placed into the railroad’s random testing program, such as:
- Locomotive hostlers/helpers
- Utility employee
- Train dispatchers and
Maintenance of Way
A person who performs a maintenance-of-way/roadway worker function (as defined in 49 CFR Part 214) who are employees or contractors of a railroad, such as:
- Maintenance or repair on or near the track
- Watchmen / Lookouts