Employee Assistance & Professional Standards (EAP/PS)

MEC EAP/PS Chairperson Richard Johnson

EAP/PS Contact List
EAP/PS Contact List

Purpose and scope:

EAP's MISSION The Association of Flight Attendants Employee Assistance Program (AFA EAP) is a confidential resource available to the members, their families and their partners to assist with personal, as well as work-related concerns.  AFA's EAP provides three distinct but interrelated services including (1) Assessment, support and resources referral; (2) Advancement of professional standards through conflict resolution; and (3) Response to critical and/or traumatic incidents.  AFA's objective in providing these services is to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of its union family with the highest quality of peer support services available within the EAP industry. Personal and Work-Related Concerns addressed by the AFA EPA.

PSYCHOLOGICAL/EMOTIONAL ISSUES

Fear of Flying

Physical Assault

Anxiety/Phobias

Concern about Family/Friend

Depression

Suicide/Attempt

Sexual Abuse

Harassment

Loss/Grief

Mental Illness

 

FINANCIAL ISSUES Separation/Divorce

Monetary

Custody Issues

General Issues

TRAUMA/CRITICAL INCIDENT Physical Assault

Natural Disasters

Robbery

Threats/Violence

Aircraft Emergencies (all levels)

FAMILY ISSUES

Relationship/Marital

Child Care

Elder Care

Concern about Family/Friend Child Abuse

Spouse/Partner Abuse


WORK-RELATED ISSUES Alcohol/Drug Testing

Sexual Harassment Occupational Injury

Job Stress

Insurance Questions

Job Questions/General Professional Standards Harassment (other)

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY

Alcohol Abuse/Dependency

Multiple Drug Abuse

Concern about Family/Friend Recovery/Relapse Issues

Other Drugs

Co-dependency

PHYSICAL HEALTH

Accident

General Illness

Serious Illness

Gynecological

Concern about Family/Friend

COMPULSIVE/ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS

Eating Disorders

Other



DOT OFFICE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY AND COMPLIANCE NOTICE

Recently, some states passed initiatives to permit use of marijuana for so-called “recreational” purposes.

We have had several inquiries about whether these state initiatives will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive transportation employees – pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.


We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program. The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40 – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.


Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used “recreational marijuana” when states have passed “recreational marijuana” initiatives.

We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use “medical marijuana” when states have passed “medical marijuana” initiatives.


It is important to note that marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It remains unacceptable for any safety‐sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.

We want to assure the traveling public that our transportation system is the safest it can possibly be.


Jim L. Swart Director Office of the Secretary of Transportation Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance Department of Transportation December 3, 2012