The unlawful or improper presence or use of controlled substances or alcohol in the workplace presents a danger for workers, employers, and the public. As a condition of achieving and maintaining CIC certification candidates agree to our Code of Ethics Policy, which includes the agreement to avoid substance abuse. In doing so, individuals agree to
- Never report to work under the influence of alcohol, an illegal drug or substance.
- Never use alcohol or illegal drugs while at work or on any work/job site.
- Never work while under the influence of alcohol or an illegal drug or substance.
- Never engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, or possession of illegal drugs.
- Never abuse prescription drugs.
- Never perform the work for which they are or will be certified if taking a prescription drug if the label or attending physician recommends not driving or operating machinery. (They may perform these work activities and take the prescribed medication without an adverse effect on maintaining certification if/when an attending physician advises that the drug or substance will not adversely affect ability to safely perform work duties.)
For purposes of the Substance Abuse Policy, “under the influence” means the detectable presence of any drug or substance in the person’s body that impairs the person’s ability to perform their duties safely. Violation of this Substance Abuse Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including revoking the person’s certification.
At the sole discretion of the Quality Review Assurance Board, a certification that was revoked due to violation of the Substance Abuse Policy may be reinstated under certain conditions. Conditions for reinstatement include, but are not limited to
- Proof of successful completion of a treatment, counseling or rehabilitation substance abuse program that is professionally run and operated
- No other incidents of Substance Abuse Policy violations.
- Taking and passing the applicable Written and Practical Exams for new certification(s).