The University of California and the Laboratory recognize dependency on alcohol and other drugs as a treatable condition and offer programs and services for Laboratory employees, including University of California student employees, with substance dependency problems. Employees (including student employees) and students are encouraged to seek assistance, as appropriate, from employee support programs, health centers, and counseling or psychological services available through the Laboratory's Employee Assistance Program, which is provided by the University of California Health Center (the Tang Center) on the Berkeley campus. Information obtained regarding an employee or student during participation in such programs or services will be treated as confidential, in accordance with federal and state laws.
The Laboratory strives to maintain a work site free from the illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or of controlled substances as defined in Schedules IV of the Controlled Substances Act (21 United States Code §812) and 21 Code of Federal Regulations 1308. Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of alcohol or of controlled substances by employees in the workplace, on Laboratory premises, at official Laboratory functions, or on Laboratory business is prohibited. Unauthorized possession, use, consumption, or being under the influence of alcohol on Laboratory premises is prohibited. In addition, employees may not use illegal substances or abuse legal substances, including alcohol, in a manner that impairs work performance, scholarly activities, or student life.
The Laboratory strongly supports and is committed to making a good-faith effort to maintain a workplace free of substance abuse through implementation of 10 Code of Federal Regulations 707.5(a)(1)(5) (Workplace Substance Abuse Programs at Department of Energy Sites). Use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of illegal drugs at sites owned or controlled by DOE is prohibited.
Employees found to be in violation of this policy, including student employees if circumstances warrant, may be subject to corrective action (up to and including dismissal) under applicable Laboratory policies and labor contracts or may be required, at the discretion of the Laboratory, to participate satisfactorily in an Employee Support Program.
The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D) and the State Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1990 require that University employees directly engaged in the performance of work on a federal or state contract or grant must abide by this policy as a condition of employment.
Employees working on federal contracts and grants must provide written notification to the Laboratory through their immediate supervisor within five calendar days if they are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace or while on Laboratory business. This requirement also applies to all indirect charge employees (i.e., an employee who performs support or overhead functions related to the federal contract or grant and for which the federal government pays its share of expenses) unless the employee's impact or involvement is insignificant to the performance of the contract or grant. The Laboratory is required to notify the federal contracting or granting agency within 10 calendar days after receiving notice of such conviction and to take appropriate corrective action or to require the employee to participate satisfactorily in available counseling, treatment, and approved substance-abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs within 30 calendar days after receiving notice of such conviction.
Questions regarding Laboratory policy on substance abuse in the workplace may be directed to the Labor/Employee Relations Office or the Employee Assistance Coordinator. See Employee Assistance Program.
The Laboratory endorses the Department of Transportation's (DOT) antidrug policy and regulations. A drug and alcohol testing program is an integral part of this policy for classifications covered by the DOT rule. Compliance with this policy and the DOT rule is a condition of continued employment. Noncompliance may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal.
The Laboratory's policies and procedures to implement the DOT drug and alcohol testing program have been balanced with a recognition of employees' legal rights, the preservation of employees' reasonable expectation of privacy, and a commitment to assuring due process.
The DOT rule covers employees and contract labor personnel whose Laboratory job duties are such that federal regulations require them to hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) in order to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) on public highways, and who, during the course of the workday, operate or are expected to be ready to operate a vehicle with a gross combination or gross vehicle weight of at least 26,001 pounds inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle rating of more than 10,000 pounds; a vehicle originally or currently designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver; or a vehicle of any size used to transport hazardous materials found in the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and that require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations.
Employees and contract labor personnel covered by the DOT rule are subject to the following drug and alcohol tests:
The text of the full policy and implementation guidelines for the DOT rule is distributed to covered employees and contract labor personnel and is available in the Human Resources Department.
. The official or current version is located in the online LBNL Requirements and Policies Manual.
Printed or electronically transmitted copies are not official. Users are responsible for working with the latest approved revision.