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Physical and Drug Screening Information

Information about Physical and Drug Screening for Employment at the City of Albuquerque.

The City of Albuquerque conducts physical and drug screening exams as a condition for employment for certain positions.

Listen: CABQ Testing Acknowledgement Form

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Policy Statement

The City adheres to various federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding alcohol and drug abuse because it has a vital interest in maintaining safe, healthful and efficient working conditions for its employees. Being under the influence of alcohol, or the presence of certain drugs in the body system, may pose serious safety and health risks not only to the user but to all those in contact with the user. By resolution, the City Council adopted an employee substance abuse and drug and alcohol testing policy and directed the Chief Administrative Officer to promulgate directives to implement that policy. The purpose of this policy is to provide for a safer environment for all employees and the public and comply with Federal mandates regarding substance abuse in the workplace.
Under the City’s policies, applicants for City employment in safety-sensitive positions are subject to pre-employment drug testing. Employees in safety-sensitive positions are subject to random, return-to-duty, follow-up, and post-accident drug/alcohol testing. Employees who are placed, transferred, or promoted to safety-sensitive positions are subject to drug/alcohol testing this includes Federal pre-employment testing. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug/alcohol testing. The City of Albuquerque encourages employees to voluntarily seek assistance if they are, or suspect they may be, abusing alcohol and/or any controlled substance.

Refusal to Submit

Refusal to submit to a drug/alcohol test is a violation of City policy and is considered a positive test. Refusal is, but is not limited to, an employee or applicant: failing to provide an adequate breath or urine sample without a valid medical explanation, after notice of this policy’s requirements; refusing to sign Step 2 of the Alcohol Testing Form, failing to remain at the testing site until the testing process is complete; failing to cooperate with any part of the testing process; engaging in conduct that clearly obstructs the testing process, including failure to arrive at the collection site within a reasonable time (except pre-employment drug tests); or other circumstances as noted in 49 CFR Part 40, as amended, Sections 40.191 and 40.261.


My signature below indicates that this acknowledgement form has been read aloud to me and I have been provided a copy of this form. I understand that the testing is voluntary on my part, that I may refuse to submit to testing, that such refusal will be considered a positive test and such refusal will either disqualify me from employment consideration or subject me to disciplinary action up to and including termination from City employment. I acknowledge that I may obtain a copy of the Substance Abuse Policy from my department or from the Substance Abuse Program personnel.